• Alie Powell

Gentle Spirit

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

I was doing my morning quiet time, currently I am reading through the old testament for the first time. Some of the content can be a lot to take in, so sometimes I’ll flip to read some of my favorite passages to encourage me even more. Ya’ll it is not always easy to wake up and read your bible first thing, but it is so well worth it to form the good habit in your life! Anyways today I wasn’t going to read anything else but then I saw a recommended for you post on Pinterest pop up. It was this passage. (Side note, I always double check the ones I like with actual scriptures in my bible, they can often be taken out of context).

I went back to my bible, and read through Philippians 4. I already, as many people do, love Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” But then I glanced to the side of the passage to the devotional built into my woman’s bible. It spoke of gentleness, and how it can be explained in everyday life. Let me just tell you, this spoke to me in so many ways about how I try to live my own life. I just do not always have the eloquence this did.

“If you walked down the street and asked five people what they thought the word gentleness meant, how many would say that a gentle person is docile, easily intimidated, or passive? Or that gentleness would be a good quality for a pet or a horse? In our culture, assertiveness and forthrightness are more highly valued personality traits for human beings than gentleness.

But the Scriptures value gentleness. Here Paul explains what it means to be virtuous, especially in view of the disputes that had arisen among the Philippians. How were they to build unity? First, they were to rejoice. If they concentrated on rejoicing in the risen Christ, they would focus on their common joy rather than on the differences that could divide them. Next, they were to ‘let [their] gentleness be evident to all.’ Gentleness carries the idea of being reasonable. It does not mean that the truth is compromised; rather, it means that the truth is defended with thoughtful consideration for the other’s point of view. In other words, the people involved come to a meeting of the minds. There is a winsome quality in gentleness that diffuses anger and hostility.”

I hope this encourages you as much as it did me. Be a gentle spirit, listen, respect, but get things done, be thankful and kind. It will make you a better leader, and a better learner. If you approach a situation with an open heart, you can listen to those around you, take feedback, and make it the best possible. Because with God, ALL things are possible. Learn to be gentle and content, in all situations good or bad, and it will be life changing.

XOXO, Alie

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