I’m thankful to reach a new month, a month with lots of fresh opportunities to see God work in our lives and learn who He has created us to be. Our topic this month is gentleness. As I said back in January, this year we’re going through the Fruit of the Spirit and some related topics, and this month’s is gentleness. You know, throughout the Bible we read stories of God sending down vengeance on people, usually on the enemies of Israel, certainly enough times that we knew to fear God. But there’s another side to God that not everyone sees: the love and gentleness He has for us. It says in the Bible that God knows the full details of the lives of the flowers and birds, so how could He not know about us, being that we’re so much bigger and more important to Him than birds and flowers? It also says He delights in us. Yes, that’s a very particular word!
However, being that we’re made in the image of God we’ve got the gene for anger at the bad in the world too. That need for vengeance, payback or justice you feel when you hear about something evil happening? That’s actually healthy, and probably a small slice of how God feels about that too.
The challenge for us is to follow God’s example of knowing that some moments are for vengeance and others are for gentleness and healing. We often have trouble switching off that hard anger we feel and moving into the softer emotions of gentleness and love, but if we don’t we’re not following God’s example. Yes, there are a lot of stories in the Bible about God getting vengeance, but there are even more examples of His love. What will you choose today?
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12