I looked at the word “gentleness” and it looked like something that had dropped from Jupiter.I seemed to be at a distance with it and it didn’t look familiar.What happened to me?When did I stop being gentle?I knew without a doubt that I stopped being gentle a long time ago.
I looked closer within,I think I had been gentle but not to the extent that was required of me as I read two verses from Galatians 5:22-23,thanks to a bible study that I have been following .You may have a look at it here.
I seem to have mastered how to love,I know how to bring back joy when I am sad,recently I learned how to be a better peace maker,I know what long suffering means(I’ve been there),I think I have been good but I can get better,I am faithful,I have learnt to control myself-still learning-I need to upgrade in some areas.However,I performed poorly on gentleness.I might have been a little bit gentle to other people,but my very close family members suffered the wrath of my harshness.
I thank God for opening my eyes to see that I was not gentle.In order to be more fruitful,I needed to be more gentle.I started being gentle soon afterwards to my lovely family members.
While studying Ephesians 4, I met the word ”gentleness” again and gave it a closer look.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Gentleness is one of the characters required to make peace,which keeps the unity of the Spirit.
When brothers and sisters live in unity,the Lord commands a blessing,and the family becomes blessed.
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
We can therefore conclude that the opposite of gentleness does not make peace and keeps us divided,when we are divided,God does not dwell among us,and we do not get His blessings.
The opposite of gentleness grieves the Holy Spirit.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Having a closer look at yourself,in what ways have you been fruitful?In what ways do you ensure that you keep the unity of the Spirit?
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I will be joining Courtney Joseph in the month of October as she shares with us how she has been resting and releasing her burdens to the Lord.You will find practical tips in the journal below.
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