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A Gentle Reputation

 

June 21

 

Read Philippians 4:5 (NASB)

Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near.

 

Reflect

What does it look like practically to display a “gentle spirit?”

 

The world says if someone hits you, you hit back. If someone slanders you, get revenge. If you want to get ahead in life, it’s ok to be a little selfish. If you need to step on or over someone to climb the ladder, go for it. After all, you only get one shot at your dreams. So look out for number one. Take care of yourself. Love yourself. And let the world know that they should never mess with you!

 

But is that what Scripture says? No, far from it! In today’s verse, Paul says that we shouldn’t be known for our toughness or our ability to defend ourselves. We shouldn’t be known for our fighting spirit. We should be known for our gentle spirit!

 

This may be hard for us to understand because gentleness is often undervalued in our society. Some even view it as a sign of weakness. But it is repeatedly a virtue held in high regard in the Bible. And it is not a sign of weakness but of trust.

 

The best example of gentleness is Jesus. He called Himself “gentle” in Matthew 11:29 (ESV) when He said, “Take my yoke upon you, learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

 

The apostle Peter reminds us that we are to imitate Christ and follow His lead. “For you have been called for this purpose, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you would follow in His steps, He who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously…” (1 Peter 2:21-23, NASB). According to Peter, Jesus’ gentle response to being abused was not a sign of His weakness but a sign of His trust in God. Jesus knew that the end to His terrible suffering was near. He would be returning to the Father very soon.

 

Paul agrees. He says “the Lord is near.” In our sufferings, He is with us. And we can rest assured that He is coming back soon! When He does, He will judge rightly. We don’t have to defend ourselves, He is our defense.

 

But we shouldn’t display this gentle spirit only to our enemies when we are being wronged. Paul said to let our gentleness be known to everyone. That includes our brothers and sisters in Christ. Remember the context of this verse. Paul had just been urging Euodia and Syntyche to get along (Philippians 4:2). They were women who were faithful servants of the Gospel. But they were in the middle of a disagreement that was causing a division in the church. Right after this, he urges them to be known for gentleness, not fighting.

 

Paul never condoned sweeping issues under the rug for the sake of peace. But he always encouraged treating everyone with gentleness and respect. In 2 Timothy 2:24 (ESV) he said, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.”

 

Friends, whether you are at odds with a brother or sister in Christ or whether you are being mistreated and maligned by the world, seek to have a reputation of gentleness! Follow in Christ’s footsteps in regard to this because He is near. His Spirit is with you through it all and He is coming back soon.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for Your example of gentleness. Help me follow You so I can be known for my gentle spirit. It is not a sign of weakness but a sign that I trust You. I don’t need to react in anger or defend myself because You are a righteous judge and my Defender. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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7 months ago
This is a great reminder of the many ways Satan uses to divide the church, and give unbelievers a reason to judge Christians. But the Lord says- greater is He that is in me , and he that is in the world. When Satan gets into my head , My only defense is the Cross!
7 months ago
Lord, You asked me to take Your yoke upon me and learn of You and one of the attributes that I must learn is that of Your gentleness. Help me to learn of You so that I may become an example of You to someone else in my community. Amen.
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7 months ago
Amen
7 months ago
Thank You Pastor Nat great devotional today.

We must all remember we are Christians our goal is to follow as Jesus leads the way in his mighty Footsteps. God knows our Spirit, hearts, minds and sous intimately. Remember The Lord is The Joy of our Strength. Yes during trials it is then we must decide my heart Trust in Jesus, for if we do it reminds us of Jesus Truth.

Jesus is our Love, Light, Hope, Faith, Strength, Trust, our True Defender safe within His Refuge. As sinners we do sometime forget we are not in control Jesus is and we must remember Jesus is holding on to us. Each new day we should seek to become more like Jesus always humble ourselves be kind let nothing trouble us for we were Loved and Chose first by The only Savior Jesus Christ.

Our Spirit should always shine bright with The Love of Jesus so all see Him within us. We have been made New, saved. I pray we all draw neaier to Jesus and remember we will never be perfect, that it's okay not to be okay. For Our God is always with us.

Father Thank You for being The Joy Light Love that fills us, for changing us to truly seek to live as You lived Please remind us Lord that because You are The Truth Speaker that we are safe within You, hands lifted high Praising You Thank You Lord for You our for us nothing can be against us because nothing is impossible for You Thank You Lord my heart Trust in You Great is Your Faithfulness in Jesus Mighty name Amen
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7 months ago
Thank you great message.
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