Tag Archives: gentleness

Meek, Not Weak

Meek, Not Weak

By Carolyn Dale Newell

With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love

Ephesians 4:2 NKJV

Gentleness, otherwise known as meekness, is one of the fruits present in Christians. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, not man. Jesus said that the meek are blessed, and they will inherit the earth. Paul commanded that our gentleness should be made known to all men. Timothy pursued it. Paul instructed Christians to put it on and wear it like a garment. James said that we should learn through meekness, and Peter’s words tell us to be gentle when we defend our reason for hope.

Meekness is not weakness. It does not make you a doormat for someone to tread on. Actually, it is power and strength, but it is a power that is kept under control. A well-trained horse is strong and mighty, but his training has taught him to be gentle enough for a child to ride.

Joseph had risen to power in Egypt. He was second in command only to Pharaoh. His brothers had caused him a lifetime of pain. They showed up in Egypt searching for food during the famine. Joseph could have had them killed. He had that kind of power, but he chose gentleness. He chose to forgive.

Jesus is characterized by gentleness, but He was powerful. The winds and seas obeyed Him. Even the demons were afraid of Him. He cleansed the temple, driving out the money changers single-handedly. Yet, He was gentle.

I hate to admit it, but I can get out of control, like a hurricane blowing in from the ocean. That is the flesh. God wants me to be filled with the Holy Spirit producing fruits of gentleness.

Today, let’s pursue gentleness, not to be stepped on, but as power under control. Let’s tame our tongues and speak with gentleness to those we love. Let’s show gentleness to strangers we meet, allowing them to see Jesus in us.

Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your example of gentleness. Help me be gentle, yet strong. May Your gentleness and strength resonate from within me. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Galatians 6:1, Philippians 4:5, and 1 Timothy 6:11.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What are some specific ways you can show gentleness this week?

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Beauty: It Isn’t Skin Deep

BEAUTY: IT ISN’T SKIN DEEP

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – for rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV

 

Beauty is only skin deep. Really? Not so, according to the Bible. True beauty comes from within – “the hidden person of the heart”.

Inner beauty is “very precious in the sight of God”. It is also very pleasing to a godly man. Peter tells us that true beauty is a gentle and quiet spirit. This characterizes a woman who yearns to please God. Proverbs 31:30 reminds us that “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

The woman who fears the Lord is concerned more about holiness rather than wrinkles. She spends more time serving God than coloring her roots.

That is not to say we just let ourselves go, but we are prioritizing here. We still want to look good for our hubbys and maintain a healthy weight.

Peter explains that we need to go beyond our outward appearance, right to our character. As time marches on, we realize our physical beauty fades. Although the outward beauty is corruptible, a woman’s inward beauty is incorruptible. Actually, a godly woman grows more beautiful with time as she grows in grace and knowledge of the Lord.

Esther was the most beautiful woman in her land, but she is remembered most for the way she saved her people. She is a portrait of strength, courage, and patience. She risked her life to ask the king to spare the lives of the Jews. Ladies that is what we want to be remembered for. We want to be viewed as a godly, spirit-filled woman, not a beauty queen. Let’s discover the beauty secrets hidden within the pages of Scripture.

Lord, help me concentrate on my inner beauty more than my outward appearance. Enable me to live a holy and blameless life drenched with grace. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Peter 3:1-6.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When you look in the mirror, do not look at your reflection, but concentrate on your beautiful characteristics which are not visible in a mirror.

You may also like: “Somewhere There’s A Mom” https://amountainoffaith.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/somewhere-theres-a-mom/

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.