I pray you all had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed fellowship with family friends. Most of us I know are back to work for a few days then off to enjoy the New year. Today we are discussing the fruits gentleness and goodness. A fair warning, this blog will be filled scriptures! The word of God is very clear about the display of these fruits.
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
God is good! When you begin to learn more about God you realize that he encompasses the same fruits that he says we should have. And if you think about it we should already have them. Why? Because the spirit of God dwells in us already!
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
Whenever and however you choose to witness to someone, you should always be gentle! I go more in depth about this in my book, “To be a Light in a Dark Place.” Don’t immediately go into the repentance speech! Always find out the “why” behind the behavior. Then you can witness, then get them to receive salvation. Be kind!
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Pay attention to the first part of the verse! It is crucial for believers! Speak evil of no man! That means stop gossiping, stop saying mean things, stop being petty, stop criticizing others! Remember what your parents or teacher taught you! If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Did you see that?! “not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance!” I am super excited! As I stated earlier when you witness to someone you should always be gentle. But it is not for us to lead them to repentance. Think back to what lead you to repent. Was it a worship service, the pastor preaching, or experiencing God’s presence for the first time? For me it was a broken heart that led me to Christ. Understand that we plant seeds, water, but God gives the increase.
He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Remember these scriptures when you think of the gentleness and goodness of the Lord! He is awesome! He is worthy of praise always for his goodness and gentleness. That is how we should appear as his children! People should say, Aretha is always good, she is gentle!
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