I heard it yesterday at our family Easter celebration…”be gentle!” A mom was encouraging their child to “be gentle”. I remember back when my kids were young, taking their little hand and showing them how to “be gentle” with another small child or a pet. Being gentle is definitely an art, and it often times needs to be taught, since it doesn’t always come naturally. I’m finding especially in these days of isolation or “distancing” that this art is sometimes, sadly, lost. Or, maybe, we just need a “gentle” reminder to “be gentle” with one another.
Occasionally, even at my age, I can sense the Spirit encouraging me to “be gentle” as I encounter others who may have a different opinion or choice they have made, or someone who may be slower or older. Why is it that in so many instances, I want to rush ahead and get on with my day, like a “bull in a china shop”, I want to finish my task or my plan?
The gentle art of being gentle is not age or gender determined. Our greatest example of “being gentle” is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His tenderness with those hurting and needing guidance, old, young, man, or woman…His gentle words and actions of love and care…are examples for me today! His life of concern and compassion is a living testimony to how I need to pause, take a moment and consider how I can add to this gentle art in my own life towards others.
I am so grateful for Christ and His gentleness towards me in my own clumsy plodding through this life. I am so thankful that He gently reminds me that He loves me and that I am forgiven and that I can run to Him with even the smallest of issues! He truly is “gentle” in all things pertaining to those He loves!
How are you doing with developing the “art of being gentle”? Where can you look outside of yourself to “be gentle” to others? Take time today to meditate on His examples of being “gentle” in word and in deed. Blessings!