Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Choices to Live By (GENTLENESS)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.

Father, gentleness is such a fragile, sweet and delicate word. It implies a soft touch of comfort. It indicates a caring word of encouragement. It infers a kind deed of compassion. Such is the beauty, wonder and tenderness of gentleness.

And how grateful we are for your gentle heart and for the gracious invitation of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 28Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Father as we desire to be treated with gentleness may we also be aware of so many around us whose hearts also long for the same thing.  Help us then to be gentle in our dealings and to remember the admonition given us in Titus 3:2 (GW) “Believers shouldn't curse anyone or be quarrelsome, but they should be gentle and show courtesy to everyone.”

Father, today may it be obvious that we choose gentleness. In the name of Jesus our Gentle Shepherd we pray, Amen


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