The Gift of Gentleness, cont.

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EL pen Logo with heartThanks so much for joining me for Coffee Hour and our final blog in this series, The Gifts that Keep on Giving. We are currently exploring the gift of gentleness and then we’ll move to the final one, the one that sort of houses the other gifts! I’ve so enjoyed this shopping spree with you! Grab your coffee and your Red Strand of Faith.

There are so many examples where this gift of gentleness is not only important, but vital to physical, emotional and spiritual health. Parenting has many occasions to extend the gift of gentleness/meekness and this gift is vital to the wellbeing of the child in his or her present and definitely in their future. Proverbs 15:1  puts it like this: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. That’s not just for adults but children too! We tend to forget that they are emotional beings just like we are! Why do we feel the need to yell and scream to get our point across? When we react out of frustration, we will not only become more frustrated ourselves, but we will frustrate the one we’re frustrated with! Perhaps instead of putting the child in time out, we could use a time out?

When I finally began putting into practice the principle of tough love, I have to be honest and tell you that my gentle and meek responses to my son’s behavior spoke the loudest to him!

And what about marriage; wouldn’t you agree there are plenty of times where we need to exercise our stock in spandex and stretch to be selfless by exerting gentleness and meekness? Oh, marriage is a mirror that can reveal all those ugly zits, those weaknesses that God uses marriage to reveal and heal. It’s like anything else: the more we practice gentleness/meekness, the more other-centered we become. I know; in the heat of the moments that marriage can often bring, it’s incredibly hard to stay in our skin and seek gentleness and meekness when the broom is beckoning and we want to hop on it and drive our point right down their throat! But … when we get there in front of the Giver, the Author of Gentleness, and we stand there before Him in all His meekness, He’s not going to talk to us about what so and so did to us, how so and so spoke to us … but I guarantee you this: He will talk to you and I about how we handled ourselves in those moments!

For those of you blessed to have a job, the workplace can certainly be a battlefield filled with complicated wars, loud and/or silent, but do you realize that we have the power to be part of the solution and not add to the problem, especially if you are a supervisor over others? Good leaders are those that lead with gentleness/meekness. Jesus never pointed the finger and demanded how one should do something, and He certainly wasn’t conditional in His impartation of love and teaching or healing.

A teachable heart paves the road toward gentleness and meekness!

What about those who are living a lifestyle so contradictory to His word, a lifestyle that goes against everything you know to be true and you shudder at the train wreck that they are making of their life? Are we to extend gentleness and meekness to them too? Absodarnlutely!

Never when Jesus encountered the “ho” or the homosexual did He get up on a stool and damn them to hell, tell them to turn or burn, so why should we? Yes, immorality is being crammed down our throats and morality is slipping down a slippery slope. Do we need to chase those deceived down that slippery slope demanding that they change, or do we need to stand firm in our gentleness/meekness, staying true to our convictions without grieving His Spirit by trying to play Holy Spirit?

Did any of these examples speak to you? How many knots did you get today?  Who in your life needs a splash of gentleness and meekness?

Join us tomorrow for our final gift in our shopping spree for gifts that keep on giving, 24/7, 365 days a year!

In His Love

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