“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” -1 Peter 3:3, 4
Have you met a really beautiful person with an awful attitude? The two characteristics seems at odds with one another, yet we often find this dichotomy around us today. So what makes a person truly beautiful? Most would answer, their character. But what do they mean? What about their character would make them beautiful? Having all the aspects of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is what makes someone a truly beautiful person, especially the fruit of gentleness.
Gentleness is not an attribute that is very much respected or honored in our world today. What we’re told is that to earn status and achieve our dreams we have to be aggressive, forward, pushy, and at times harsh or even mean. To build yourself up, you must push others down. To have power, you have to take it away from someone else.
How differently works the kingdom of heaven! “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,” says Jesus in Matthew 5:5. As our example, Christ displayed gentleness and compassion to others even as they oppressed Him and crucified Him. Does this mean that we should let others walk all over us and abuse us? No, but I do believe it means that we are to rely on God for our every need, including protection from those who wish us harm. Instead of retaliating, let us choose rather to show our enemies kindness and thereby “heap burning coals on his head” (Proverbs 25:22).
The only way that we can gain a spirit of gentleness and meekness is by inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell within us that He might bear in us this much needed fruit. When this fruit is planted within us, we remember that God will fight our battles with and for us. When we honor the Lord with our lives, He exalts us to places and positions of power and influence that we often could not have ever imagined. Just read the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis!
Let us choose today to adorn ourselves not only with things that beautify us on the outside, but to put on a spirit of gentleness. Ask the Holy Spirit today to mold your character to become like the character of Christ, for it is a gentle, calming spirit that will create in the world the desire to know Jesus.
Praise God for the ways Jesus set an example of how to be gentle.
Praise God that He is calling us to learn from Him and that by imitating Him we can have peace.
Praise God that His gentleness is making us great.
Praise God that He teaches the humble His ways.
Ask God to give you His gentle wisdom.
Ask God to teach you how to be gentle.
Pray that God will teach you how to lift up with gentleness someone who is weak and has fallen.
Ask the Lord to teach you to be gentle even to those who are not gentle toward you.
Are there any people and situations in your life where you need to learn more gentleness? Pray for those situations, asking that you will learn from Him how to be gentle.
Pray that God will teach you how to humble yourself.
Pray for Christians schools that they will teach the truth of Christ and the Bible.
Pray for an increased emphasis on small-group outreach, so that all members are participating in personal witnessing and proclaiming God’s great truth in these last days.
Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.
Praise God that He does not withhold anything good from His children and that He is going to answer your prayers.
May you be blessed!