Walk worthy of the of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…. Eph. 4:1-2.
After the first weekend of NFL football it is difficult to turn to today’s subject – gentleness. I grew up in a home and world where gentleness was seen as weakness, where being meek and mild got you ridiculed and knocked around. Things haven’t changed much over the years – we live in a world where we are counseled to be tough and to take advantage of those who are weak.
Yet, over the years, I have learned that it takes a tremendous amount of strength to be gentle and to make a special point to ask God to give me a spirit of gentleness in the face of adversity and meanness. God would have all his children possess a gentle nature. Remember “ the meek shall inherit the earth,” – not the tough, not the fittest, and not the combative. As I said, it is not easy in this dog-eat-dog world, but if we subject our souls to God, he will make us more gentle day by day. Try this, little-by-little each day, for if God dwells in your heart, all is peace.