The strength of gentle words

Gentle words are a tree of life Prov. 15:4a

We need friends who teach and challenge us and friends who hold us accountable in order for us to reach higher and grow stronger; but gentle, soothing, comforting words and voices provide deep strength to our very roots when we are fragile and vulnerable. Sometimes the power of the words is actually increased by the gentleness of the delivery. Jesus was really good at this.

Lord, show me when and how to offer the strength of gentleness to friends who need it.