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The Allure of Gentleness

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

– Philippians 4:5

I don’t know about you, but the world we’re living in wears on me sometimes. Especially since the dawn of the pandemic, it seems like there’s an angry energy that’s permeating society. While I believe it’s fueled by political tensions, a barrage of fear, and the pressures put on us by an increasingly media and image-driven culture, at the end of the day, it’s draining. Sharp edges and harshness seem to be all too common in interactions and reactions, and this is precisely why the children of God need to step up and be the antidote. Like Dallas Willard once said, there’s an “allure in gentleness,” and especially in times like these, we can be a source of healing and comfort to people. Because we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, we have the power to forgo reactionary and animalistic tendencies and respond to others with peace, grace, and kindness. Though we may feel like such uncomplicated love isn’t making a big difference, it actually has great impact. When everyone around us is fighting, rushing, and hustling, we stand out by simply — and supernaturally — walking in the gentleness of Jesus.

My friend, your relaxed, peaceful, and merciful existence is a source of goodness, grace, and comfort to people in a hurting and upset world. As you take the time to notice others, respond kindly, and express appreciation, there’s no telling how big a difference you can make. In a stressed out and uptight society, just one simple gesture or tender word has the power to open someone’s heart, restore their faith, or even save their life. You were born to be alive today, and your Heavenly Father is using your gentleness to shine His light, share His love, and draw eternal souls into His compassionate presence.

Prayer


Jesus, give me an allure of gentleness in all of my interactions with others.

Reflection


Has the kindness and gentleness of someone else ever had an alluring effect on you? If so, how can you pay it forward?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

3 thoughts on “The Allure of Gentleness

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    I believe that gentle words and actions are more than enough to convince people that it is very important for them to get vaccinated against Covid-19’and its different
    and dangerous variants.And also to speak about having mask mandates in all schools. It is vitally important for our governor to realize that his inactions are the cause of the problem. I hope and pray that his hardened heart will be softened and impel him to change his mind. We need to start turning the curve of positivity downward. It is so disgusting that what he is doing is only hurting instead of helping
    all of us. More lives will be saved and the death rates will start to decline.I can see the point that some people say that the vaccines are poisin and harmful to children
    If only they will listen to the best medical professionals. Everything will get back to normal once more. I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission
    of reaching out to all around the world with its positive and healing messages of God. To the Schuller family. I ask in prayer that God will bless them with abundant and excellent health for the rest of this year and also into 2022 and beyond.To the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church lots of warm thoughts. To the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra and their directors much thanks and appreciation for the music and singing.To the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir and their director Sarah Grandpre. I ask in prayer that all are protected from Covid 19. I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ. God bless the United States of America

  2. Dee Jacobson says:

    Watch!
    Stand fast in the Faith.
    Have courage. Be brave.
    Let all that you do be done with love.

    1 Corinthians 16:13-14

  3. Dee Jacobson says:

    Watch!
    Stand fast in the Faith.
    Have courage. Be brave.
    Let all that you do be done with love.

    1 Corinthians 16:13-14

    Yes. I have said this before and I say it again. Truth is never cliche!

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