As David reminisced at the end of his days a particular phrase really caught my attention, "Your gentleness has made me great". This old warrior was referring to the very "gentleness of God" as the factor that made him great. As a young preacher I was full of war and at times my hands were covered with blood. Not just with the blood of my enemies but sometimes with the blood of perceived enemies. When I saw this passage, I began to go to my porch daily and pray for the gentleness of the "Lord" to come on me. The journey to this gentleness I found had much to do with me learning to die well. Dying to self is never easy but it is necessary to walk in the "gentleness of the Lord". The more I have learned to handle even "enemies" through blessing them and kindness, and the more I have learned to handle my brothers and sisters with gentle love the more blessing and grace rests on my life. It seems that the power to break the heavy yokes rests in the hands of the gentle. Let us all remember we were once dumb and foolish but along the way and yet the Lord drew us with gentle chords, band of love and manifestations of "His goodness". Let us follow this example and may the "Gentleness of the Lord" make us great to the "Glory of our King".
2 Samuel 22:36 (NKJV) 36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your gentleness has made me great.
2 Timothy 2:24 (NKJV) 24And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Hosea 11:4 (NKJV) 4 I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.
Matthew 11:28 (NKJV) 28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
James 3:13 - 4:1 (NKJV) 13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Titus 3:1 - 3 (NKJV) 1Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
1 Thessalonians 2:7 (NKJV) 7But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 8So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
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