Practice Gentleness Daily
“Gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:23 (NLT)
Picture in your mind a mother lovingly caring for a sick child, or a big burly man carefully picking up a kitten. This is gentleness, strength used with humility and care. And it’s something the world is sorely in need of.
Jesus was the ultimate example of gentleness. He had great power, but he used it to heal the sick, to care for the lowly and desperate, to seek the lost. Many people of his time had hoped that when the Messiah came he would use his power to lead an uprising and overthrow their Roman rulers. And he certainly had the power to do that, but he came not to save people from the Romans, but from their sins, from the darkness in their own hearts.
Jesus put needs before preeminence, people before power.
You have power too, and your choice of how to use it can lift others up or lift yourself up. You can choose how you speak, how you react, how you treat others. Will you reply curtly or kindly? Will you help or hurt? Will you forgive or fight? Will you comfort or condemn?
I’ve asked my followers to set Jesus as their example. Be loving. Be kind. Be gentle. Be like Jesus. The world needs more of this and less self-serving power.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1— Read the story of the women who was caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. How did Jesus respond to her? How was his response different from the other religious leaders?
3— If you haven’t begun a relationship with Jesus, but would like to know more we have friends ready to chat with you now at NeedHim.org or when you call 888-NEED-HIM.