GENTLENESS WILL BE FRAGRANT!
“Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:1).
If Christ dwells in you, definitely the gentleness of Christ will also dwell in you. Moses had been known as ‘the most humble person’ in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Christ revealed His divine gentleness through His life. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls” (Mathew 11:29).
The gentleness of Christ will work in you in proportion to what extent you dedicate yourself to Christ. He will not test you beyond your ability (I Corinthians 10:13). During the times of tribulations and sufferings, the Holy Spirit which dwells in you increases the gentleness which is the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ in you. So, this will enable you to rest with silence.
People who are not gentle will always be I haste. They will be extremely emotional and they will not be in control of the words they speak. A Tamil writing on the back of a lorry was rhythmic and it attracted me. It meant “One who behaves rashly will burst to pieces.” Some people behave hastily and in the end, they fall into dangers. But those who are gentle will be strong with the thought “God will take care. He will advocate and fight for me.”
When a woman was witnessing, she pretended to be very humble and in the midst of her narration compared herself to insects and trash. After the meeting, a naughty youngster followed her and got into the bus in which she was returning home. While travelling, the youngster stamped her leg to test her patience. At once the woman became furious and started screaming and she went ahead to slap him on his face. The youngster said, “In your speech, you said that you are a worm but in fact, you have revealed that you are a hissing snake. Alas! The kindness of Christ is not in you.”
Sharp thorns may be pricking the wonderful rose flower but in spite of this trouble, the flower gives out sweet fragrance. It is the same with the lily flower too. Look up to Jesus! Even while hanging on the Cross, He forgave those who pierced Him with nails and spears. Further, He advocated for them saying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
The milk may be heated to any extent but the heat can never turn its colour into black. In spite of the heating, it remains tasty. A sandalwood tree may be scrapped to any extent and in response, it will not murmur but instead continue to give out its wonderful fragrance. Dear children of God, you may be walking in the path of troubles and tribulations but even under such circumstances reveal the gentleness of Christ. It is divine.
To meditate: “….rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with theincorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (I Peter 3:4).