Morning Prayer 16 | Gentleness

One of the people that comes immediately to mind when I think of the word gentleness is Gordon MacDonald. I had the privilege and joy of meeting Brother MacDonald at a Wednesday night prayer gathering. He was in his 90s when we met, yet still very active in ministry. Gordon exuded all aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, but particularly evident in him was the characteristic of gentleness. Truthfully, I don’t know that I’ve ever met a more gentle soul than Gordon.

GENTLENESS: acquiescence to authority and consideration of others.

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

As believers, we are no longer lead according to the Law, but rather by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. We follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, not the Law of Moses. We accept the authority of the Holy Spirit in our lives and submit to the leading of the Spirit. God is our authority. He is in the driver’s seat. He’s not our co-pilot, but the pilot who designed the plane and planned the course. Through the Holy Spirit, the Lord navigates the direction of our lives. 

You and I could never fulfill the obligations decreed by the Law. Thankfully, through God’s grace, we live under a new covenant made possible by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He fulfilled the demands of the Law on our behalf, serving as the unblemished sacrifice for our iniquities. Overcome by grace, we should automatically be more gentle. After all, we have no reason be brash or braggadocious. We are servants of the Lord Most High. Our servant’s heart should reflect a gentle spirit and even gentler soul. 

My friend Gordon did many great things. He didn’t brag about any of them, because he recognized it was all God working through him, not anything Gordon did or didn’t do. He recognized the role the Holy Spirit played in his life and willingly submitted to the Spirit’s leading daily. When we seek to serve first, we are humbled and thus become more gentle, because it is in humility that our gentleness can be found. 

Prayer: Father God, help me be a more gentle person today. Let me follow the Spirit’s leading. Let me show grace and love to those I encounter. May they sense the gentleness in my heart, soul, and mind. Help me do this in Your strength, not my own. If there is any good found in me, may You get all the glory because You are the source of that goodness. Help me reflect a gentleness throughout all my dealings in this world today. 

 

May the Lord of Lords bless you today!

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31 Days of Praise | Day 17 Jehovah-Shalom

God is the Lord of our Peace. In his letter to the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul declares, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20a) Yesterday, we rejoiced and praised the Lord because in Him we have victory over our toils and troubles of this world. Our current situation is temporary. 

Paul reminds us that through Jesus, we have peace with God. We have gained access by faith into God’s grace. We can rejoice in the hope we have in the Lord. We can even sing praise during our sufferings because we can be confident that suffering produces endurance, and endurance builds character, and character brings hope. God’s love has been poured into us through the Holy Spirit, who God has given to us as our comfort and guide (Romans 5:1-5). 

Praise the Lord because He is the God of our Peace. 

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Morning Prayer 13 | Kindness

We can all agree this present world of ours needs more kindness. Individually, we may not be able to do much about the vitriolic, venomous rhetoric dominating our national discussions, but we can do something about impacting our own little circle of influence by intentionally injecting more kindness into our daily discourse and interactions with others.

Being kind always, even in those moments where we don’t feel quite up to the task, glorifies the God we serve. As a response, kindness cuts through the thickest air of dissension. Kindness honors our parents as well as our Lord. The work of Christ on the Cross has alleviated us from the burdens associated with trying to keep the Law, freeing us to be kind in every aspect of our daily life.

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Kindness is demonstrated through our benevolence and graciousness toward others. Love, joy, and peace focus more on the command to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind. Patience, kindness, and goodness help us show our love toward others.

Prayer: God, help me be kinder today. Let me deal with people benevolently and graciously so that I may honor you in all that I say and do. If I am kinder, I am happier.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)