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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. KJV
Today we will talk about gentleness. If you struggle with anger at all you may find this topic very interesting. We’ll start with the Greek text.
Gentleness ~ chrestos (khrase-tos’) or chrestotes (khray-stot’-ace): gracious, kind, excellence in character or demeanor, goodness, kindness.
What does gracious and kind mean? You may know, but let’s look anyway.
Gracious ~ Pleasantly kind, benevolent, or courteous. Merciful or compassionate.
Kind ~ Considerate or helpful. Mild and gentle.
Life can get pretty frustrating for anyone. Even if you are a Christian. Let’s throw in being a wife and Mother and you have a recipe for disaster. Look at the following questions and see if any of them are true in your life…
- Have you ever yelled at your children?
- Have you ever been sarcastic with your husband?
- Have you ever been rude? Ever?
- Have you ever felt unsympathetic towards a homeless person?
These are just a few. The point is we can all benefit from more kindness in our attitudes and demeanor. Our words should be gentler towards our children. When we get frustrated with our husbands or children we need to shut our mouths, step back, and think about how we can handle the situation with compassion and understanding.
There are no quick fixes or concrete answers on how to accomplish this other than getting the Word into you and choosing to be kind. It will take a whole lot of effort on your part. You will feel like your going up hill most of the time. However, as with all things that God asks us to do there are rewards.
We will be healthier. We will have lasting relationships. We will have more peace. We will stay in relationship with our children when they grow up. We will have a happier marriage. We will feel happier. And most importantly we will please our Savior.
A little kindness goes a long way my dear sisters. The more you give it the more you will receive it. That is another benefit to kindness. Think about the spiritual law of sewing and reaping. What you put in comes out and what you put out will come back to you.
Daddy God, Thank You for the compassion and kindness you have shown and continue to show me in my life. Thank You for loving me and wanting only the best for me. Help me to show more kindness and compassion to others. Especially the husband and children that you have blessed me with. Thank You. In Jesus Mighty name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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