Living gentle in a world that’s not…

Do you feel it? There’s a huge lack of gentle in our world.

All around there are opinions and convictions shared openly and blatantly. Tensions are high, harsh, and tense. This attitude sometimes shows up even in our sharing of the gospel.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we should shy away from a passionate approach. And I’m certainly not encouraging you to back down from sharing God’s message. But…

What about walking in *gentleness*?

This week, I read the most precious story by Max Lucado in the daily devotional Believe. I want to share it with you.

¹”Dropping that fly ball was his second error of the game, and it allowed the winning run to score. Max didn’t even go back to the dugout. He climbed over the left-field fence and was halfway home when his dad found him.

We didn’t speak, we didn’t have to, and we both knew the world had come to an end. When we got home I went straight to my room, and Dad went straight to the kitchen. Presently, he appeared…with milk and cookies. He took a seat on the bed, and we broke bread together. Somewhere in the dunking of the cookies I began to realize that my life and my dad’s would go on. In the economy of male adolescence, if you love the guy who drops the ball, then you really love him.”

Just to clarify, I began to weep at the words we broke bread together. What a beautiful portrait of walking in gentleness.

Unfortunately, the world is not big on it. Have you noticed? The question is what are we to do about it? Here are a few ideas from God’s Word.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. Philippians 4.5

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart… Matthew 11.29

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15.1

Remind the people…to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. Titus 3.1-2

His Word encourages us repeatedly to live a life of gentleness. Perhaps He knew this would be one of our greatest challenges as a Christ-follower – to demonstrate gentleness of heart.

He is our perfect model. We should make it our daily goal to become more like Him. Yet, when this world is all up-in-our-face, it’s often hard to be like Jesus.

Who should you be *gentle* with this week?

Maybe one of your children who needs a more gentle response. Will it be that family member at the Thanksgiving table who insists on lashing out over the presidential election? Or that co-worker who’s short of temper when their holiday travel plans are delayed?

Make it a *break-bread-together* moment.

We do not live in a gentle world. But we are called to walk in gentleness. Let's be people that break bread together in gentleness and love.In the very moment I typed those words into this post, I felt the Lord say, “Do not forget this, Karlene.” So, I may need this lesson as much as anyone who reads it.

May I be big enough {or small enough} to pause and go get the milk and cookies. Help me, Lord, to be one who, instead of joining in, lashing out or allowing tensions to flare, is more inclined to usher in peace.

Let’s not hesitate to offer a chocolate chip cookie or a second helping of turkey……a slice of pumpkin pie……a more positive response……a change of topic……a smile……a hug……a shoulder to cry on……an invitation to attend worship on Sunday……

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3.12

May our Thanksgiving be about gentleness……about breaking bread together. And may it carry over into the days that follow.

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¹Believe Devotional: What I believe. Who I am becoming. by Randy and Rozanne Frazee.

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6 thoughts on “Living gentle in a world that’s not…

  1. I like that about going to get the milk and cookies. What a sweet way to cut the tension, change the subject, and show love instead of harshness.
    It’s definitely worth a try. We know that harshness is not working, so why keep on doing what doesn’t work?
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. Wow. The word “kindness” has been rolling around in my mind and in my heart. Especially within my family — full of older teenagers desperate for independence. “Gentleness” goes hand in hand with this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A good reminder to walk in gentleness especially in a world that doesn’t. Thank so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your!

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