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Dear Precious Friends,
On this TGIFF (Thank God I'm Forgiven Friday) I pray you are feeling all the love we have received from our Lord and Savior....who gave all He had out of love for us to secure our place in eternity with Him... as long as we believe and receive this gift and are born again... WOW.. It overwhelms me to the point of such awe and gratitude and how can we keep from wanting to share this great love with all we come in contact with!!!
We have been talking about the power the disciples received at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to them.
All week we have been studying Col 3:12-15 and taking each word in verse 12 and talking about how do we walk out what Paul through the breath of God shares how we are to live as God's chose people.
Today we are looking at gentleness. I continue to repeat this scripture because we need to know it, memorize it and remember what was shared in God's word before and what came after to understand what Paul was sharing and the depth of what He shared... Go back to Monday to review this if you are just jumping on today...
SO we have already shared the Biblical truth of what it means to be God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, and what it means to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness and humility. Today's word we are delving into is GENTLENESS!
Col 3:12-15 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, GENTLENESS and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (14) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
So what is Gentleness according to God's word, His absolute truth?
What comes to your mind when you think of gentleness?
A common misconception is that gentleness is weakness or passivity. True gentleness, however, is just the opposite. It requires great strength and self-control.
Gentleness comes from a state of humility. Therefore, someone who lacks gentleness is often prideful and easily angered, or feels the need for revenge.
In order to be gentle, we must not view ourselves as better than someone else. Rather than asserting superiority, someone who is gentle wants to help others, even when they have been done wrong.
An example of gentleness can be seen in John 8, when the Pharisees bring a woman who was caught in adultery to Jesus. The Pharisees told Jesus that the Law of Moses commanded them to stone such a woman, to which Jesus responds, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).
After everyone left, Jesus did not condemn the woman, and said to her, “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11).
Just like how Jesus was gentle with the woman in this story, God is gentle with us. Even in our sin, He continues to love us. He does not keep record of our wrongs, but offers forgiveness if we come to Him.
God wants us to be gentle to others. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
A gentle heart comes from having love for others. This is shown in our thoughts and in the way we interact with those around us.
So how do we grow in our gentleness?
It is important to have an accurate perception of what gentleness is. It should not be seen as a weakness, but rather as a strength. When we see it this way, we can begin to work toward becoming gentler.
In addition, it is important to acknowledge the ways in which God is gentle with us. He is the Creator of the universe, yet He is still gentle and loving toward us despite our sinful nature.
Finally, we can incorporate gentleness into our own lives. Through prayer, we can ask God to give us a spirit of gentleness and take away any feelings of self-righteousness. We can ask Him to reveal ways we can show gentleness to others so that we may reflect His character.
Dear Sovereign Lord,
We are humbled that You, the Creator of the Universe, love us so much you send your only son to die for us so we may live forever. Thank you for your word, your absolute truth that gives us all we need for our time here on earth. Thank you for teaching us how we are to dress each day. In our humanness it is impossible to live with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience... yet when the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we can share these amazing gifts with others. Give us strength to face this day with your power, your love and your grace in all we are and in all we do. May others come to know you through the power you give us through the Holy Spirit.
In Your Name we pray,
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