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Wandering Wednesday: Pursue Gentleness

 

gentlenessIn Greek (the language the New Testament was written in) the definition of gentleness is “power under control.”  The Greeks described it with a picture of a very powerful horse that had been tamed.  Gentleness is like a wild animal with its power in check.

 

I surfed some web sites this week on wild horses and discovered a curious phrase. When describing horses that have been tamed, one site referred to them as “gentled.”  Even today, to break in a horse is to “gentle” him.  The horse is still powerful but the force is now under the control of the master.

 

In the same way, when God “gentles” us, we become powerful under His control.  Gentleness is power or strength under control; it’s the submission of our strength and will to God’s control and purpose.  Gentleness is a balance between extremes; it is strength submitted to God – power under control.

 

The Bible is clear that those who call Christ their master will display gentleness.  As we walk closely with Him, His gentleness will rub off on us.  In fact, that’s the only way that we can be gentle.

 

Here are 2 practical ways to pursue gentleness in our lives:

 1.  Give grace to people.

 2.  Speak gentle words.

 

This is so good, finish reading the practical ways HERE.

 

Kevin Martineau is the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  He has been pastoring there since June of 2002.  He is married to his best friend, Lauren,: and has three beautiful daughters: Bethany, Sydney and Mallory. Some of his favourite things to do are: golfing, hot dog roasts at the beach with family, walking, reading, blogging and watching hockey.



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