GENTLENESS

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:
Ezekiel 36:26:
“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:
Isaiah 40:11(NASB)
“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.

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RELEVANT, Because HE IS!

God in His Kindness has spoken my new identity in HIM in poignant words such as “CHOSEN”, “BELOVED” , and “FULLY KNOWN” reinforced by His written word which have been forever inked and seared on my mind, spirit, and some on my body.

“1 Peter 2:9 9But you are a CHOSEN people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” NIV

Song of Solomon 6:3
“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.” KJV

Thessalonians 1:4
“knowing, brethren BELOVED by God, His CHOICE of you;” NASB

Psalm 139:13-14
“13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.” NIV

The most amazing part in all of this is that these truths were true even when I didn’t believe in Him and when I was in darkness (the flesh). I am forever grateful for his patience and kindness towards me and His relentless unfailing pursuit of me until the scales over my eyes were no longer and I beheld the SON….and the world faded into a SILENCE and OBLIVION.

My relevance in this world is not because of my pedigree (though truly amazing), my continuing education (higher education), my associations (man and women of power/shakers/movers), my accomplishments (recognitions), my wealth/provision (what God has blessed me with), my age (to have been blessed to have lived 4 decades +), or gender (Female). MY RELEVANCE is 100% because He has CHOSEN me and has made me His dwelling: His address SEALED with the HOLY SPIRIT.
I have been entrusted to carry within me the “Holy of Hollies”…His presence, His Glory. I am the new TEMPLE of NEW COVENANT sealed by blood. The Creator of the Universe whose words brought forth creation and all that is in it; the sustainer of the Universe chose to reside with me.
I find no greater honor, no greater accolade no greater company and no greater purpose than this. Welcome Home Holy Spirit. I am not my own!

1Corinthians 6:19
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” NASB

RELEVANT, BECAUSE HE IS!