At Midweek service the other day, the pastor asked us what was our favorite characteristic of God. My favorite characteristic of God would have to be His gentleness.
It’s interesting for me to realize that apart from my relationship with God, persistent gentleness I have never known. I’ve caught glimmers of it in the caress of a cool summer breeze or in the dainty skip of a crumb-seeking sparrow. But experiencing gentleness on a daily basis is not usually the case with people.
Persistent gentleness heals and transforms the soul. If you take an abused child and place him in a safe, loving home where gentleness is the norm, over time his withdrawn or disruptive behavior will change. The gentleness will calm his soul and heal his wounds from the abuse. The child will transform into a calmer and more trusting soul.
Gentleness is a rare characteristic to find. Extraordinary it is to discover that gentleness exists in full measure. Even more extraordinary to find that it is found abundantly in our omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Creator. This characteristic of His tells me that we, as His creation, are meant to experience gentleness on a regular basis. And that He is there to deliver it to us personally.
For many years when I cared for my four children, He led me in paths of gentleness (Is. 40:11). In His yoke, I have learned that He is the ultimate gentleman and in that awareness, over time He has given me rest for my soul (Matt. 11:29). Compared to years ago when simply making it through the day was such a challenge, now I am doing “great” (Ps. 18:35) all because of His steadfast gentleness with me. All the gentleness He has shown me I received eagerly and integrated it into my hungry soul so that now I freely share His gentleness with others on a regular basis (Gal. 5:22-23, John 15:5).
Do you know the LORD’S gentleness? If you do, thank Him for it.
If you don’t, ask Him to show you His gentleness. Then expect to experience it in your life.
Isaiah 40:11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and lead those that are with young.
2 Corinthians 10:1 I, Paul, myself entreat 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!
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
2 Samuel 22:26 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, your gentleness has made me great.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.