A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
Proverbs 15:1 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
It’s a peaceful Sunday morning. I woke of my own accord without the alarm jolting me to consciousness. So the first passage I encountered this morning was this.
How often we tend to leave genialness by the wayside and go for the loud and boisterous. President Trump is known for his bombastic mannerism, but when I see a clip of him where he is displaying kindness and compassion, it warms the heart.
All of us can take a page from God’s manual on ‘The Art of Gentleness‘; His Word.
When I do a search in my Olive Tree Bible Study application for Gentleness, it returns this.
Top of the list is ‘Jesus, The Christ’. It’s doesn’t surprise me one bit that God the Father is listed next. Then to follow are Humility, Kindness, Meekness, and Patience.
Jesus told us:
The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 (HCSB)
And so, the Creator, Messiah, Savior, Loving God who took on human form to redeem us, tells us just how honored are those who are gentle. They will inherit the earth.
I have to think that what Jesus was talking about wasn’t this earth, but rather the New Earth that He will bring to pass after the old heaven and earth have passed away. I say that because, during His time with us here, Jesus after all was fixed on His mission and wasn’t so preoccupied with things that were temporal in nature.
So, yes, I do believe that this is a new earth He is referring to.
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.
Matthew 11:29 (HCSB)
Gently, He persuades us to take up our part of that mission and follow him. the pretext for that is that He IS ‘gentle and humble in heart’. And like so often, He also informs of that which runs contrary to conventional thinking; as a result, you will find rest.
Tell Daughter Zion, “Look, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”
Matthew 21:5 (HCSB)
Again, Jesus leads with genialness, in the triumphal entry, just has he had throughout his ministry; showing compassion for the lost, sick and tormented.
Then in the sensitive dealings with those who have fallen out of fellowship Paul tells us approach with genialness.
Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:1-2 (HCSB)
Again in Timothy we are extorted to be gentle in a very direct manner.
The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 (HCSB)
Then at last Peter addressing the virtues of Godly women.
Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (HCSB)
But guys, don’t think this is just for the women. Look at that last phrase.
“Gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.“
What I hope that we can take away from this is that Jesus is exactly this. He never comes barging into a situation without provocation. He leads with genialness. He calls us to lead with it as well, as we emulate Him as the image of Christ to the world.
Genialness isn’t merely being ‘nice’. It is much more than that. It is the the act of embracing the nature of of Christ. For that reason alone we must be first gentle and loving.
There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one besides You! And there is no rock like our God.
1 Samuel 2:2 (HCSB)
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?“
Matthew 6:25-26 (HCSB)
The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
John 12:25 (HCSB)