When I want to speak let me think first. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? If not, let it be left unsaid.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
The English Standard Version
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I do not say embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for, you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
Oliver W. Holmes