Daily Strength for Daily Needs - May 6

May 6

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love.--ROM. xii. 10. 

In her tongue is the law of kindness.--PROV. xxxi. 26.

  Since trifles make the sum of human things,
  And half our misery from our foibles springs;
  Since life's best joys consist in peace and ease,
  And though but few can serve, yet all can please;
  Oh, let the ungentle spirit learn from hence,
  A small unkindness is a great offence.

All usefulness and all comfort may be prevented by an unkind, a sour, crabbed temper of mind,--a mind that can bear with no difference of opinion or temperament. A spirit of fault-finding; an unsatisfied temper; a constant irritability; little inequalities in the look, the temper, or the manner; a brow cloudy and dissatisfied--your husband or your wife cannot tell why--will more than neutralize all the good you can do, and render life anything but a blessing.

You have not fulfilled every duty, unless you have fulfilled that of being pleasant.

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