Good morning people who accurately represent the heart of our loving heavenly Father.
Gentleness is a gift of the Holy Spirit and a way of living that is often overlooked. We want the faith and the power and the miracles, and so do I. But not at the expense or exemption of gentleness.
Here’s what the apostle Paul wrote under the inspiration and leading of the Holy Spirit:
Philippians 4:5 NIV Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Firstly, let’s look at what gentleness is.
Gentleness means appropriate, mild, gentle, patient. It comes from a root word that means to resemble; to be like. As per Genesis 1:26-28, the One we are created and called to resemble is God Himself.
Jesus lived a life marked by gentleness to those who needed an encounter with the heart of the Father. To people lost in sin and shame, the gentleness of God led them to repentance.
I hear some people argue this point as they think about Jesus’ response to the Scribes and Pharisees, as well as His strong rebuke of Peter and His chasing people out of the temple. While this is the same Jesus, like our responses to different people and different circumstances, Jesus knew what was needed in each moment.
Do you know when gentleness is needed and when it is the most accurate reflection of Jesus?
Tomorrow let’s look at the result of gentleness in our life.