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Gentleness is Not Weakness

When we talk about gentleness it is sometimes, like kindness, mistaken for weakness. The devil likes to use this against us as since we are human we have a breaking point that causes those who are against us to see the ugliness of our hearts.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

You see, Christians have mostly been called weak humans because we do not see the need for competitiveness when we are all striving for the same goal. We do have to be competitive at work but there is a big difference between doing what is right and good for the whole team and trying to out-do everyone, showboating, and stepping toes in order to make yourself look good. Our greatness is not in success from this world but in the success of the Spirit.

There are some who call themselves Christian but are more worried about putting food on the table and maintaining their materialism that they lose their gentleness and become like those mentioned above. This is unhealthy and will eventually be their downfall both in this world and the next.

So what does the Bible tell us?

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5

In some circles, if you are not competitive you are worthless and won’t last long. But shining your light will reach the people that the Spirit directs it towards so they will become receptive to the Word. Showing your understanding of the Fruits of the Spirit brings forth a different wat that people see you. Yes it may be rough but when you have the leadership skills of Jesus people will begin to want to work for you rather than the person that is all for himself.

The rest of that passage in Philippians says this:

Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The LORD is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9

How beautiful life is when you live for God.

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