Devotions

Gentleness

Blooming • Gentleness
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader

I once had a Pastor tell me that every morning he prays and asks the Holy Spirit to guide his “thoughts, actions, and reactions.” The idea of praying for my thoughts and actions to be guided by God was something that I had understood and regularly done, but the idea of praying about my reactions was something that had never crossed my mind. When we stop and think about it, so much of our lives are spent reacting to things. This has become even more evident in my life since being married and having a child. Within the family, we are constantly reacting to each other. How we react speaks deeply to the spiritual health of the family. A family that is rooted in Jesus Christ will react in a way that reflects the Fruit of the Spirit.

Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

If our family tree is blooming and producing fruit, our reactions will be filled with gentleness. We all can think of examples in our lives when we have to choose how we are going to respond, with gentleness or with wrath. Proverbs 15:1 is such a simple and powerful Scripture. We all know it to be true, when we respond with gentleness it can diffuse a situation, or we can respond with harsh words and stir up anger. Husbands and wives know this better than anyone, in the midst of a fight there is that point where you can decide how to respond. We all know that the harsh response is only going to lead to more anger, yet so many of us still choose it! The next time your spouse, child, or parent gets angry with you, choose to respond in gentleness. I promise that you will see an incredible difference begin in the spiritual health of your family! Fights between family members will be shorter or not even happen in the first place. However, this cannot happen by your power. None of us on our own have the power to respond with gentleness. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to reflect Christ every day. Start your day off as a family in prayer asking Christ to give you the power to respond in gentleness. Pray asking the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, actions, and reactions. A family that responds in gentleness is a family producing the Fruit of the Spirit and reflecting the character of Christ.



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