The Way to Reach a Hard Heart


I’ve been to a lot of beautiful places and hope to go to many more, but there is no place more beautiful to me than the mountains of my home, the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s a special place we love to hike, where the forests break open into huge meadows, or balds. You can actually see almost forever. Layer after layer of misty blue mountains flow to the distant horizon.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are mountains that welcome you and make you feel right at home. They invite guests to climb and even drive to their loftiest elevations. There’s no worry of altitude sickness here, because even though it may look like you’re on top of the world, the highest peaks are less than 6700 feet above sea level.

Did you know that there are 1000 different shades of green? Come to the Blue Ridge in the spring and you’ll see them climbing the mountainside. And the fall? Oh the fall – there are no words to describe the colors that grace these peaks come autumn.

All kinds of flora and fauna make the Blue Ridge their home, even at their highest summits, because these mountains are gentle. Gentleness is always preferable to harshness.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1.

Gentleness attracts; harshness repels. Gentleness is life-giving; harshness is life-stealing. When we are faced with the anger of someone else, how are we to respond? Do we scream back in like kind, showing them how it feels? Do we walk away in sullen silence?

The Scripture gives us a better way. We are to give an answer, and it is to be gentle. Soft words, mild words, humility and tenderness. These are the ways to reach a hard heart. Not with stubborn silence or bitter arguments.

Although you may not have immediate results, your case will be stated in a way that respects both parties and is obedient to God’s Word. And you will be able to move forward with no regrets. Gentleness is always a blessing.

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