I am a woman of God. Therefore, I should be gentle right? I see all these mothers who gently remind their children to behave in the grocery store. I see these older women gently mentor the younger ones in our church. However, I know this is something that does not come easy!
When we got our youngest dog, I was constantly telling my older one to be gentle. She was 9 weeks old and weighed only about 9 pounds.
I mean..look how precious! (I love puppies…).
My older dog was just so excited that she had forgotten what it was like to be around a younger puppy. In all her excitement, she terrified her new sister.
We are all guilty of this. We get passionate about something, and before you know it, gentleness is out the window! So how do we get this gentleness?
Paul tells the Ephesians in 4:2, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”. We first must be humble, before we can do anything else. How do we do that? We look to the Cross; we see our sin, and the gentleness and grace that we once received. Once we are reminded of that, we can more easily call on the Holy Spirit to have gentleness and grace toward others.
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Reflect on the cross. Thank God for saving you, for giving you grace, and for treating you with such gentleness despite your sin.
- Confess any areas where you might struggle to give gentleness, or where you struggle to be gentle.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to tap you on the shoulder today, and show you where you can be more gentle.