The Be Free Series Continues: Week 8 | Gentleness
Have you ever had someone say something to you that felt like a sword just pierced you in the chest? Have those words been hard to forget? I have, and I have had to continually forgive the person that spoke them to me. One of the reasons why the pain lingers from hurtful, harsh words is because our words carry much weight and power.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
Harshness is the opposition of gentleness.
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
We should aim towards using our words to speak blessings over one another, and to be gentle in spirit towards one another. Jesus is the perfect example of being gentle towards others lived out how He spoke.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” The apostle John , in chapter 8, accounts of the time Jesus encountered an adulterous woman and showed this gentleness. Jesus spoke gently to the adulterous woman, knowing fully that she had sinned. When the Pharisees were lined up to throw stones at her, as per Jewish law, Jesus stepped in and said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus knew that each of these men were also struggling with sin in areas of their life. This passage shows how only the sinless are free to throw the first stone. This does not mean that we should sweep sin under the rug. It does, however, teach us that we should be slow to speak, and, in gentleness, steer others and ourselves away from temptation and sin.
Jesus then was alone with the woman and she said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus lived a sinless life and instead of throwing the stone at her, he instead showed her merciful grace out of His gentle spirit. Let us aim to live as Jesus did and speak in gentleness of both truth and grace with one another.
I encourage you this week... “To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:2
My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.
Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.