In some Bible translations, the word ‘meekness’ replaces the word ‘gentleness’. Many of us struggle with a clear definition of the word ‘meekness,’ but we know for sure the demonstration of gentleness when we see it.
We picture a mother holding her baby’s finger for the first time. A dad scrubbing with his hand the dirt from his child’s skinned knee. The way we would take a fish off a hook. Removing a splinter. Holding an elderly person’s hand.
The perfect example of gentleness, of course, is the manner in which Jesus handles us. Sure, he can be stern when he needs to be; that’s how he handled demons. For the most part, however, Jesus treats us as only a loving God can. Gentleness is one of his attributes and he can’t deny his own character.
The Golden Rule–which takes mercy into account–instructs us in gentleness.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
Please listen today to the voice of the Holy Spirit in communicating with others.
Lord, I know at times I’m not as gentle as I could be. When I see your strength combined with your love for us, this is the way I hope to be. I pray that as I grow in the likeness of Jesus, gentleness will become more and more evident in my life. Amen.