TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, January 29, 2019:
Mildness combined with tenderness; kind; mild-mannered; meek.
What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
I Corinthians 4:21.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
I Timothy 6:11.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
One of the characteristics of Jesus is gentleness. In Matthew 21:5 we read about His triumphal entry into Jerusalem which was just as it was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9, “See your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey”.
In Matthew 11:29 Jesus told us to "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." Jesus lived His life while on this earth in such a way as to be an example of how He wants us to live.
In Isaiah 40:11 the prophet tells of the coming of the Lord and describes Jesus by saying that "He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather His lambs with His arms and gently lead those that have young."
Jesus is often pictured as a shepherd who gently cares for his sheep. Sheep are defenseless and helpless. They need to be led to water and pastures and protected from animals that would prey on them. They can stray and get lost and must be rescued and be brought back to safety.
The gentleness that is depicted in Jesus is a characteristic that Jesus wants us to emulate in our lives.
Gentleness does not mean weakness. Gentleness is having strength under control. Children are not naturally gentle. They must be taught. The apostle Paul exhorts us in II Timothy 2:24, "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach and be patient."
When we deal with others, we are to deal with them as Jesus does with us. We should be patient and gentle.
As believers we are faced with living in a world of evil and conflict and must choose how to respond. The temptation we face is to become angry and fight back. We must consciously work on responding as the scriptures tell us by being gentle, mild and tender in our response and at times this is very hard to do.
Sometimes the best option is to run. In the verse above from I Corinthians Paul tells Timothy to flee from the things that bring ruin and destruction and pursue the Godly traits of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness.
God wants us to be gentle as He was gentle. When we choose to follow Him in obedience the Holy Spirit will develop in us such characteristics as gentleness and kindness. It will be an outflow of His love at work in our lives.
In Proverbs 15:1 it reads that a gentle and kind answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger. How do you respond to people and situations? Consider responding to difficult and antagonistic situations that come your way with gentleness. It will amaze you to see how God will use you to influence others.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 5:13.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Help me to treat others with gentleness and patience. May the example of gentleness that Jesus set for us that I read about in Your Word be evident in my life. Thank You for the love, kindness, patience and gentleness You have shown me and continue to show me on a daily basis.
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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