1 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Today’s Inspiration: God wants us to walk worthy of our calling with gentleness, lowliness, long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1. We need to put off our old man especially of wrath and anger, lust of the flesh and bitterness, uncleanness and greediness but be renewed in the spirit of our mind. V22-23. It always pays to take on a gentle spirit. To treat someone with gentleness is a basic expression of respect. As we all are made in the image of God, they are therefore worthy to be treated with dignity and respect even if they reject what you propose. If correction is needed even to authority, we must restore with gentleness.
Colossians 3:12 qualifies the characteristic of those who are chosen by God. Compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience and humility are all linked together. This is the type of clothing we have to put on not only external beauty.
If we are harsh to people, we have deviated from the nature of the spirit of truth and thus unable to penetrate the veil of deception. A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1.
Even Peter a rough fisherman wrote that we should sanctify Christ in our hearts so that we are ready to answer anyone yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15. James also stated that true wisdom comes from above and gentleness is the infallible quality of true wisdom. James 3:13. Therefore we must put on gentleness so that we might walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
Gentleness is a characteristic of the spirit of truth that enables people to draw near to us. Those who are harsh are like a bush with briers and thorns that pierced the spirit of others to their hurt. The Holy Spirit is portrayed like a dove, the most gentle and sensitive of all birds in the universe. This is why apostle Paul says we have to restore a person’s spirit with gentleness. Galatians 6:1. If we want to get work done, we must consider the feelings of others and in gentleness ask for help. Today people have forgotten to be gentle and instead drive a person to get things done. Normally it slows down the process.
So let us take on God’s nature of gentleness. May you attain the spirit of gentleness and self control as you pursue your desires from now till eternity. Gentleness take no offense. God be praised.