I am genuinely taken aback by His gentleness.
I am no stranger to sibling aggravation whether I am the culprit or the one being aggravated. As such was yesterday’s chat with my younger sister from across the pond. Her well meaning advise and my stance on boundaries collided with both parties hurt and frustrated. I tried to lighten the matter mixed with sarcasm by texting :”I think you just illustrated the “Brexit” lol” which was met with no response. I had offended her.
In that moment the world “gentleness” swirled and spiraled in my head with such momentum pushing me to a complete stop(SELAH).
According to GOOGLE/BING gentleness is “Sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior, founded in strength an prompted by love”. Another beautiful definition “The quality of gentleness is colloquially understood to be that of kindness, consideration and amiability” none of which either one of us displayed or practiced in that moment. Conviction set in launching me to seek after His heart.
The first thing he brought to my mind and the chronological order of it
A sensitive Heart in tune with His Spirit:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
I am sinking in my chair in this moment as I reflect back on this. He continued His instruction on who He is:
Matthew 11:29: (NASB)
“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and LEARN FROM ME. I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART. And you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
My heart is being pierced anew even now. He continued:
“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock. In His arm He will gather the lambs. And carry them in His bosom. He will GENTLY lead the nursing ewes (those who have young)”.
Then He killed me softly:
Galatians 5:22-23: (NASB)
“But the fruit of the spirit is Love; Joy; Peace; Patience; KINDNESS; goodness; faithfulness; GENTLENESS; self-control, against such things there is no law.”
I held my breath with the last two:
Proverbs 1:23: (NASB)
“Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you, I will make my words known to you”.
Revelation 3:20: (NASB)
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door; I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with ME.”
In summary: HE is a “GENTLE-MAN-GOD” a “GENTLE” Savior.
So my prayer echo the song Lyrics of Fernando Ortega:
“Pass me not GENTLE-SAVIOR; hear my humble cry; While the others Thou are calling; Do not pass me by”.
Thank you for your gentleness towards me Lord in the midst of this situation. I am sorry I have offended and hurt your daughter, my sister by not practicing gentleness. My heart still aches……but who better to turn to than to the Balm of Gilead.