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.