Read: Philippians 4:1-5, Galatians 6:1-2
1 “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.” (NIV Philippians 4:1-5)
1 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV Galatians 6:1-2)
Study: Praus, the Greek word Paul used for “gentleness” did not mean “weakness” in any sense. It was used to describe, for instance, a powerful horse that had been “gentled” so his strength blessed people rather than hurting them. Paul seemed particularly concerned that this quality show itself at the times when people disagreed or needed to correct another person. Philippians 4:5 in the Common English Bible reads, “Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people.” Sarah Parsons wrote that “when developing a disciplined practice, one of the most valuable gifts we can give ourselves is gentleness.” How can you include yourself among the “all people” to whom you show gentleness?
Prayer: I desire to show holy gentleness in all I do, Lord. When I face disagreement, let me show love and grace found in you. Amen.