Choosing gentleness

“Be completely humble and meek…”

Ephesians 4:2

Being meek is probably not something most people aspire to.

Meekness not only sounds like weakness; the two words mean virtually the same thing. Except true meekness or gentleness resembles strength more than it does weakness.

Gentle people have the potential to be rude or proud, but they choose not to. Admittedly a decision not to retaliate looks like inaction, but it’s actually humility at work. What in today’s world appears to be a lack of assertiveness is actually robust spiritual action.

Prayer

Dear God, sometimes it’s in the middle of telling someone off that I realize how prideful I’m being. Grant me the grace to remember that nothing is won by force. HeIp me always to choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. Amen. (Max Lucado: Grace for the Moment)

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