The Lord builds us up and our sphere of influence grows. That success requires development of an important fruit of the Spirit. A brief moment of harshness with an outburst of anger can tear down much that the Lord has built up. One fruit of a life filled with the Holy Spirit is gentleness. Spiritual leaders are to deal gently, not harshly or angrily, especially following seasons of success. Powerful words spoken softly with gentleness have profound positive effects.
This understanding has come after a season of repentance for not being gentle. Repentance precedes transformation.
Lord, forgive me and others for not bearing the spiritual fruit of gentleness all the time, in every situation, in every essence of every word. Forgive us for tearing down, what you have built up.