TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, October 03, 2019:
Mild in manner or disposition; tender; peaceful; tame; kind; submissive.
See, your king comes to you gentle and riding on a donkey.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
Rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very special in the sight of the Lord.
I Peter 3:4.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the book of Matthew Jesus says of Himself that He is gentle, humble and peaceful. In John 10:11 Jesus also says of Himself, “I am the good shepherd.” A shepherd gently leads his sheep and carries the lambs that need help. He never forcefully drives his sheep. One of our favorite hymns is “Gentle Shepherd” written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. “Gentle Savior, come and lead us, for we need You to help us find our way. Gentle Savior, come and feed us, for we need Your strength from day to day.”
Gentleness is not weakness as many people think. Jesus is gentle but far from weak. Jesus was pictured as both a Lamb and a Lion. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the symbol of gentleness and submissiveness and Jesus, the Lion, was the symbol of authority and power.
The scripture gives us many examples on how Jesus was gentle in His relationship with people. During His ministry on earth parents sought to bring their children to Jesus for His blessing. The disciples tried to stop the parents thinking that children were too insignificant to take up the time of Jesus and interrupt His ministry. Jesus rebuked His disciples and gently and tenderly called the children to come to Him saying to His disciples, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:15-16). We are weak but Jesus our gentle Shepherd is our strength from day to day.
I Peter 2:21 tells us to follow in the steps of Jesus and live by the examples He sets for us. In Philippians 4:5 we are reminded to, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” We are to be gentle to our children, our spouses, to our family and to our friends. To follow the example of our gentle Shepherd requires us to show consideration for others at all times.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 9:17.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Thank You for being my gentle Savior and shepherd who leads me and cares for me daily. Help me to be gentle and humble to my spouse, my children, my family and friends. May my love for You abound in a gentle and quiet spirit which is special in the sight of the Lord.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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