Wednesday - April 1, 2020
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:29 (ESV)
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 (ESV)
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness,
and patience, bearing with one another
and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)
It is very important to notice that every Fruit of the Spirit flows out of who God is. His character. His nature. He is GENTLE. When we become more like Him, we become more Gentle.
During these days of confinement, my wife and I are enjoying most of our time together. But you can’t be around the same people for a long time without unchecked frustrations being expressed in angry or loud tones and attitudes. These are important days to develop this FRUIT, GENTLENESS.
We must learn right now, to respond with soft answers and gentle thoughtful words. Angry, loud and harsh words and tones can make the living space unbearable. Watch out for trying to justifying your attitude, words and tones. We want to blame others for how we respond. They made me angry. We can’t afford to give other people the power to make us UNGENTLE. We have to own this Fruit.
Take your time, write out what you need to say. Start with words of love and support then address your concern with your spouse or child or even your parent.
Think about how the Lord has been GENTLE with you.
Please pray for you spiritual and governmental leaders.
Please pray for your church family to grow in the GENTLENESS of the Lord.
Please pray for opportunities to be light in these dark days.
What is one thing for which you are grateful?