Prayer posted March 4, 2010

Dedicated to: All servicemen and families
Posted by: Joyce Clasen in La Palma, CA
Prayer: GENTLENESS Have you ever taken the time to reflect on what gentleness is? How important is this fruit of the Spirit. Gentleness is Jesus talking to the woman caught in adultery, saying, “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” (John 8:11) Gentleness is Jesus touching and healing the leper. (Matthew 8:3) Gentleness is a mother cuddling a newborn. Gentleness is a grown son helping his aging mother to walk. Gentleness is patiently helping those who have been traumatized by life. Gentleness is a way of describing God, our Father. The Creator of the universe has the quality of gentleness! Psalm 18:35 Your right hand has held me up. Your gentleness has made me great. Perhaps you have never looked at gentleness as an attribute to be desired. However, it takes great strength to be gentle. Gentleness is recognizing that it’s not about me. It is reaching out to others. It is needed in dealing with those who are helpless, and with those who are overwhelmed. It gives encouragement to those who are accustomed to being rejected. Ephesians 4:1, 2 Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness. Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. How much easier it is to be judgmental, to be legalistic and to frown on those who are sinning. It is more natural to criticize others. Jesus had much to say to the scribes and Pharisees about their prideful attitude. He called them hypocrites. Instead, what is needed is the heart and the mind of Christ, to share the Living Truth with love and gentleness. I Timothy 6:11 tells you to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” This is the path that God would have you follow. This is the way to be effective in witnessing and serving. This is the higher path that will be a shining light for others to see God in you. Joyfully, Joyce
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