Due to a hectic week at church and work (including a Youth Lock-In), I am
sending an encore devotional. I trust that God will speak to you through
this one. As usual on Saturday nights, this devotional is simply passages
about a topic, with little commentary.
It's not something we hear a lot about nowadays. We are encouraged to be
tough, be aggressive (distinguished from assertive, which can be Christlike).
But if we follow our Lord, we will often be gentle. Today we will read passages
about gentleness. According to Enhanced Strong's Lexicon, 1995, gentleness
means "benignity, kindness."
(1 Cor 4:21 NRSV) What would you prefer? Am I to come
to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
(2 Cor 10:1-2 NRSV) I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the
meekness and gentleness of Christ--I who am humble when face to face with
you, but bold toward you when I am away!-- 2 I ask that when I
am present I need not show boldness by daring to oppose those who think we
are acting according to human standards.
(Gal 6:1 NRSV) My friends, if anyone is detected in a
transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one
in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not
(Eph 4:1-2 NRSV) I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord,
beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another
(Phil 4:5 NRSV) Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.
(1 Tim 6:11 NRSV) But as for you, man of God, shun all
this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance,
(2 Tim 2:24-25 NRSV) And the Lord's servant must not be
quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents
with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to
know the truth,
(James 3:13 NRSV) Who is wise and understanding among
you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born
(1 Pet 3:15-16 NRSV) But in your hearts sanctify Christ
as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from
you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness
and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned,
those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.