2 Corinthians 10:1, Colossians 3:12 NIV 2011
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away!
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Paul began his second letter to the Corinthians defending his ministry. He reminded them to be gentle as Christ was gentle. Matthew 11:29, “…for I am gentle and humble in heart…” He came as Christ missionary, humbly sharing God’s truth with the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:1, “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of the Gentiles…“ Paul gently reminded the Colossians they were God’s chosen people. Ephesians 1:4, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world…” God calls His chosen to be gentle.
Being gentle is not what the world is used to seeing daily but Christ desires that we be gentle. The one with the loudest, most obnoxious actions usually will garner the attention. I’ve often thought it would be wonderful to return to the kinder, gentler days when we actually valued others above self by acting with humility and gentleness. God uses Scripture to show me I can return to those days in my own way. He calls me to be gentle when I approach everyone in my circle of life.
How will we act on God’s desire for gentleness?
Working toward His gentle desires,