Day 11 of 21
Gentleness In Christ
Living in New York City affords us the opportunity to succumb to a number of daily frustrations. Have you ever had someone bump into you without apology or have someone steal a parking spot from you or have you experienced an unfathomable smell permeating from someones person? There aren’t many other places on earth with less available personal space than this city. And because of this lack there are inevitable inconveniences that will arise.
Philippians 4:5, “Let your gentleness be known to all men”
When someone is wrong in thought or deed, our first reaction may not be gentleness but an eagerness to correct or shun the individual. These rash decisions are rarely made out of love but rather unrighteous anger or frustration and lead to avoidable conflict.
2 Timothy 2:24 "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,"
But here’s what I’ve learned... Love almost always is accompanied by inconvenience. Jesus himself; left his rightful place in heaven, accepting the greatest inconvenience of all! Jesus came in the flesh to dwell with man, rejecting sin.
We are called to give people what they need, not what they deserve. Doing this gives glory to God and shows the undeserving love of Christ. If you require further encouragement consider this, Christ gave us eternal life when we deserved eternal death because we indeed needed a savior.
Titus 3:1-6 “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior”
During this time of fasting submit your carnal desires for blood (pun intended) for the tender expression of love that Christ himself abundantly modeled for each of us.
on Wednesday, January 16 at 8:00AM