SURVIVE + THRIVE:  GENTLENESS

 

Scripture reference:  Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

  1. The CALL for gentleness is PERSONAL.

 

Let your gentleness…

 

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

 

  1. The NEED for gentleness is PUBLIC.

 

…be known to all men.

 

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

1 Peter 3:8-9

 

  • Gentleness makes us more CHRIST-LIKE.
  • Gentleness makes us more CREDIBLE.

 

  1. The URGENCY for gentleness is PROMPTED.

 

The Lord is at hand.

 

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5b-6

 

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Luke 12:40