Gentleness Wins!

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:5

A man had a foul tongue which suggested he did not know the Lord. So a fellow worker, a Christian, decided to “confront him with the Good News.” When he returned he didn’t share what he said; but his comment suggested how he may have gone about it. “Well, I told him! What more can I do?” he said with some disgust and resignation.

Based on our convictions about worldly words and actions, we may justify reacting harshly to those who do not live by our standards of behavior. Such feelings are legitimate for followers of Jesus; but when we allow them free rein, the compassion we’ve experienced in Jesus is obscured. Paul shows a better way-“Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Exhibit a Christ-like consideration for everyone who deserves it and those who don’t, those who don’t know Jesus and those who do.

Asking ourselves “What would Jesus do?” helps when we encounter people whose behavior or lifestyle tempts us to lose our cool. Answering that question confronts us with our God who “does not treat us as our sins deserve” (Ps. 103:10, niv). God’s gracious response to our offenses softens our self-righteousness and makes possible a Christ-like gentleness that wins souls rather than drive them away.

written by Jack Cooper

PRAYER

Lord, help me express your gentleness to all. Amen.