The beginning of Ephesians 4 mentions many practical things for the church to pursue, and today I would like to look at one of them - gentleness. Here is the command concerning this from Ephesians 4. I have removed the other virtues mentioned so as just to focus on this one:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; (Ephesians 4:1–2a NIV84).
Truly when our hearts are right with God, we will be willing to engage on all the virtues listed here in Ephesians 4:1-3; however, the Holy Spirit fills out all of the ways proper Christian living looks bringing the fullness of the reality described to us. How good it is to be reminded today that gentleness is included in this. We need self-abasing humility in order to be gentle with others.
And a prayer:
Jesus, today I ask that you would bring to mind for our church the need for gentleness, and when we struggle with it, may we go back to our need for humility!
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