The Fountain Day 166: Gentleness

Do you feel like a gentle person?

It’s a fruit of the Spirit.  It’s so worthwhile.  Scripture reminds us to let our gentleness be evident to all…Let’s read together.

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 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.  Philippians 4:4-7

Gentleness can be a fierce weapon.  It can disarm an attacker.  It can confuse the enemy.  When we face aggression with gentleness, it removes the power of the enemy. 

Gentleness, a great weapon indeed.

Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.  We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.  Proverbs 16:32-33

I know a lot of people who are so desperate to be powerful that they refuse all patience.  But in the throws of developing patience…I have found it to be invaluable.  It is key to a life lived connected to God.  Patience is the acknowledgement that God is in charge of timing.  Patience exhibits humility and a wisdom that most don’t bother to seek…it helps a person to remain focused on God, not self.  That’s what patience does at its core. 

We are all best served to search for it.

Patience requires gentleness.  Yet, both are powerful weapons…

What if…just what if you dare to step out of the rat race and hustle, to embrace what’s real.  Peace and gentleness.  Walking in step with Holy Spirit.  Allowing God to set the pace, not your own agenda and timetable. 

Friends, I know that the world pushes fast motion and quick progress, but I propose we gain so much more in the slow burn.  Like I said to a friend recently, we are like a slow cooker, not an instapot. 

If we want to have a deep account in heaven to make withdraws from, then we must make many deposits.  Deposits of faith, patience, and gratitude. 

I have been sad to see so many believers lose the faith because they never learned or were taught to slowly grow.  To allow God to be the dark room the picture of their life develops inside.  When we restrain ourselves and move at His pace, then we are always on time. 

We want our growth to be deep enough for roots to be strong.  When we don’t allow for patience then we are shallow and demanding.  I don’t want to be like that, do you?

Growing deep takes intentional behavior.  It takes restraint.  It requires a lot of humility.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

God, forgive me for any impatience in my heart.  Lead me in Your timing.  Show me Your heart for my life.  I trust You to bring about every thing You’ve planned for me life.  Thank You for being so faithful.  I love You.  I trust You, in Jesus’ name…Amen.