Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5 NIV
What is the first thought that races into your mind when the word “grandmother” is uttered? I immediately think of gentleness. Gentleness means kind, soft and even tender. My own grandmother displayed this great gentleness.
When I was a child, she would plop me on her lap and squeeze tightly exclaiming how much she loved me. She would sew cute clothes for me and always prepared a matching set for my dolls. She would bake sweet-smelling cinnamon rolls and other yummy favorite foods. She would even sit and listen as I sang silly songs written just for her. As I grew into adulthood, she continued to encourage me, showed interest in the activities of my life and displayed even more love. She exhibited gentleness.
There is another person who is the perfect example of gentleness. Throughout His earthly life, Jesus showed this trait to many in His path. He would gather the children into His arms and bless them. Women like Mary Magdalene and the woman who had bled for 12 years of her life were healed by Jesus. And, when his friend Lazarus died, He wept. He grieved over his friend’s death with Lazarus’s family.
Presently, Jesus continues to show gentleness to even me. He provides me with a home for rest and food to eat on a daily basis. He is with me and loves me despite my many weaknesses and even times of disobedience. He is merciful and shows amazing grace. He exhibits gentleness.
With such an ideal example, I am to let my gentleness be evident to all, too. I am to be kind, soft and tender with my family, friends and those I connect with every day. I should exhibit gentleness.
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Lord, Thank You that You are gentle, God. Thank you for showing Your gentleness to me. Help me to be gentle toward others. I want to be like You. Amen.
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