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Category: Gentleness

Even Jesus

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.

Matthew 11:29, NIV

I love this verse, and those surrounding, that are spoken by Jesus. He is inviting us to come to him and rest, take his yoke, and learn from him. Sounds like an invitation that I want to take part in. I usually just focus on verse 28 where he invites us to come if we are weary. But, looking at verse 29, I see that he wants us to come to him and rest so that we can learn from him. He does want us to rest but I don’t think he wants our rest to be mindless and checked out – we could just binge our favorite show if that was the case. He is calling us to more here, an active resting with him so that we can learn from him. He is our greatest role model and example when it comes to how to live and treat people, so who better to focus on this month when it comes to being gentle?

It makes me excited to think of Jesus as my teacher. To learn well you need a good teacher who is passionate about the subject and loves teaching. Jesus is the most passionate about people and how we treat them, and he loves teaching and discipling us to be more like him. If this verse were a class, it would be “Gentleness 101: Watch and Learn.” I can imagine the whole class sitting at his feet while he talks, leaning in so they don’t miss a word. They would follow him around and observe how he treated people with much gentleness, taking diligent notes so they could put it into practice themselves.  Then when the test came, Jesus would walk each student out into the city and watch as they interacted with those around, giving quiet reminders of how they can show gentleness to specific people. What a class! I would take it!

Now, although we don’t have a class we can take, we do have the next best thing – the bible and the holy spirit living inside us, prompting us as we go through life. I hope this gives you a new perspective on this verse and how treating people with gentleness is something to be learned.

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A Gentle Answer

Happy November! This month I am looking at gentleness in the bible, something that I think we all need to be more aware of, especially in the times we are living in. The bible praises those who are gentle, those who steer clear of hard words and violence but instead move toward kindness and love. That leads me to Proverbs. The wisdom of Proverbs is timeless. It always amazes me that something written so long ago can be so applicable today.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1, NIV

Isn’t that the truth! I’ll give an example from my own life. When I first met my husband and we would fight, I would go from 0-60 in about 10 seconds. I wasn’t necessarily saying mean things, but the harshness of my tone was definitely stirring up anger, not only in him, but also in me. I quickly learned that he would not respond to that type of fighting and had to learn a different way. It turns out that speaking with a gentler tone and not getting so worked up was the answer. Now I am by no means perfect at this, but I have come a long way. I can attest to the truth of this verse in my life. It is much better to speak gently to someone than to let harsh words fly.

In our world there are harsh words everywhere. In the news, on social media, and even from family and friends we love. Now take a moment to think about how our world and lives would change if those harsh words were gentle and spoken out of love instead of anger. Maybe next time you think about posting something harsh or controversial on social media, stop, remember this verse, and maybe post something a bit gentler.

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