Ibn Mas’ud on Enjoining: He would not be mad at them, he was gentle

Ahmad ibn Hanbal reported: The companions of Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, if they passed by people from whom they saw something they disapproved, they would say, “Take it easy, may Allah have mercy on you.”

Ahmad said, “He would enjoin good with gentleness and humility. If they made him hear something he disapproved, he would not get angry and it was intended to give himself the upper hand.”

Source: al-Amr bil-Maʻrūf wa Nahy ʻan al-Munkar 34

عَنِ أَحْمَد بْن حَنْبَلٍ كَانَ أَصْحَابُ ابْنُ مَسْعُودٍ رضي الله عنه إِذَا مَرُّوا بِقَوْمٍ يَرَوْنَ مِنْهُمْ مَا يَكْرَهُونَ يَقُولُونَ مَهْلا رَحِمَكُمُ اللَّهُ

وقال أحمد يأمر بالرِّفقِ والخضوع فإن أسمعوه ما يكره لا يغضب فيكون يريدُ ينتصرُ لنفسه

34 الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر للخلال