" The servant of the LORD must not strive; but be GENTLE unto all men..." 2 Timothy 2:24
Lately I've been thinking about what it means to be like the Lord Jesus. And for some reason I ended up thinking about gentleness.
Gentleness. A fruit of the Spirit. A trait that's often lacking in many of us. But how do we get gentleness?
A gentle person suffers long. I suppose a gentle person has to go through the "school of suffering "... because I think you have to learn to let go of self before you can ever be gentle. Gentleness requires crucifixion of all pride.
" I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."
It's quite humbling not to live for yourself. The flesh seeks glorification. But in order for God to have His perfect work in us, the "me" needs to be abased.
" He must increase, but I must decrease."
Only then is the character of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in full glory.
I thought about the 2 disciples following the LORD when John the Baptist points them to the LAMB of GOD. The Lord Jesus turns and asks them,
" What seek ye..."
They wanted to see where HE dwelt.
And the LORD tells them,
"Come and see."
They saw where He was living and they abode with HIM that day.
I thought of the spiritual application and how the LORD desires us to seek Him, to come unto Him... to abide with Him all day.
A gentle person walks daily with the MASTER... and learns from HIM.
" Come unto me , all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and gentle in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Lord, make me a servant that's gentle. May my calmness and peace be dependent on the ONE who walks beside me.
May you seek the LORD and desire to abide with Him all day.