Amidst the turbulence of life, have you ever considered the power of gentleness? It’s not just a soft quality; it’s a reflection of the divine within us. Paul exhorts us to,
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.— Philippians 4:5 (NKJV)
Think about it — gentleness is more than just a personality trait. It’s a fruit of the Spirit, a trait that grows within us as we journey in faith. It’s a reminder that as believers, we carry within us the capacity for compassion, kindness, and tenderness. But there’s a profound layer to this — the reassurance that God’s presence empowers us to manifest this gentleness without apprehension.
As Paul says, “the Lord is at hand.” This proximity of God isn’t just a theological concept; it’s a reality that permeates every facet of our lives. The Holy Spirit resides in us. In the context of gentleness, it’s a reminder that we don’t need to shy away from it out of fear. We can express gentleness boldly because God’s unwavering support is ever-present. (Boldly gentle — it seems like a contradiction, but in Christ it’s not!)
Imagine the impact of this. Instead of responding to the world’s harshness with defensiveness, we can engage with a spirit of gentleness. It’s not about being meek; it’s about being strong enough to choose kindness even in the face of adversity. It’s a gentle response that mirrors God’s grace, a response that can diffuse tension, mend relationships, and touch hearts.
This isn’t about wearing a mask of gentleness, but about allowing the genuine gentleness nurtured by the Spirit to shine forth. It’s a testament to the transformative work happening within us as we grow in faith. As we navigate life’s challenges, we can draw from the deep well of God’s presence, tapping into the courage to exhibit gentleness even when the world around us seems anything but gentle.
So, the next time you feel the urge to be harsh or impatient, remember the fruit of the Spirit that you bear. You possess the ability to let your gentleness be evident to all, as a living reflection of the Lord’s presence in your life. It’s a testament to the divine strength within you — a strength that enables you to choose gentleness over hostility, and in doing so, uplift and inspire those around you.