Manifest harshness

        Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the phrase . . .

                  m a n i f e s t    h a r s h n e s s                  (  3  RELATED  PHRASES )                    

                       The  phrase  'Manifest harshness'  appears  5  times in the published writings of EGW                  Page is not on Original site                                                         Related phrase:  manifest no harshness  ( below )  - -  harshness of speech  ( 7 )

The Christian family is to be a training school, from which children are to graduate to a higher school in the mansions of God. Scolding, loud-voiced commands, or threatenings should never be heard. Parents should keep the atmosphere of the home pure and fragrant with kind words, with tender sympathy and love; but at the same time, they are to be firm and unyielding in principle. If you are firm with your children, they may think that you do not love them. This you may expect; but never manifest harshness. Justice and mercy must clasp hands; there must be no wavering or impulsive movements.  {RH, March 30, 1897 par. 11}

 

 
 
Parents should keep the atmosphere of the home pure and fragrant with kind words, with tender sympathy and love; but at the same time they are to be firm and unyielding in principle. If you are firm with your children, they may think that you do not love them. This you may expect, but never manifest harshnessJustice and mercy must clasp hands; there must be no wavering or impulsive movements.  {AH 434.5}

 

Unless there is change in the attitude of those who claim to be Christians and who manifest harshness in speaking to their brethren, their candlestick will be removed out of its place. The Lord is soon to come. It is true that it is necessary to give reproof at times, but let it not be administered in harshness, spoken in passion; let it be given with tender, earnest love. If men make mistakes, and must needs be corrected, let him who corrects and reproves not commit a greater error than the one he reproves by manifesting a harsh, dictatorial, unforgiving spirit. This spirit has been manifested to a large extent, and unkindness, un-Christlikeness have proved the loss of many souls.  {21MR 181.2}
 
 
It is the bounden duty of everyone who professes to believe the truth to do all in his power to remove prejudice, while never lessening the importance of truth by concessions to the world. We are to show by our manners, by our words, by our spirit that we have learned in the school of Christ. We should not manifest harshness of spirit, indulging coarseness of speech. The great Teacher says, "Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls."  {19MR 209.3}

 

                                                             manifest  no  harshness                                                                           

 

A defective life is a dishonor to God.  Co-workers with Christ will manifest no harshness, no self-sufficiency.  These elements must be purified from the soul, and the gentleness of Christ take possession.  Never be unkind to any soul, for by the grace of God that soul may become an heir of God and joint heir with Christ.  Do not bruise the hearts of Christ's purchased ones, for in doing this you bruise the heart of Christ.  Ever remember that we must all meet again around the great white throne, there to receive the approval or disapproval of God.  A soul hurt is often a soul destroyed.  Let those who have light and privileges remember that their very position of trust makes them responsible for souls.  They will have to meet again those whom they have driven from Christ bruised and wounded to death. {ChL 8.1}

 

 
The human agent is a savor of life unto life, or he is a savor of death unto death. He either draws with Christ, or he draws away from Christ. Co-workers with Christ will manifest no harshness, no self-sufficiency. These elements must be purified from the soul, and the gentleness of Christ take possession. Never should unkindness be shown to any soul, for by the grace of God that soul may become an heir of God, a joint heir with Christ. Bruise not the hearts of Christ's purchased ones; for in so doing you bruise the heart of Christ.  {RH, June 5, 1900 par. 2}

 

 

 

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