“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
Philippians 4:5 NIV
When I am stressed, gentleness is not my go-to mode of operation. Frustrated, fearful, anxious, and taking control is.
The original Greek word used for gentleness in the verse above describes the heart of someone who will let God fight his battles for Him. It describes a person who has let go of trying to control the situation and allowed God to do what He needs to do through Him.
Jesus showed us what this kind of gentleness looks like. He focused on His relationship with His Father and only did what God directed Him to. He did not bend to peer pressure, comparison, or even try to fit in with anyone other than His Father. He didn’t try to control the situations or people. He focused on being faithful to the part He was given to do and allowed God to work out the rest.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:29 NIV
He leads gently so that you can live gently.
Gentle is not weak it is focused trust as well as a deep knowing of who you are and whose you are.
My friend, may you begin to learn to live in the power of leading a gentle life by being yoked and yielded to the gentle Savior today.