Love

Got Fruit: Gentleness

summer series got fruitPhilippians 4:4-5
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Our Scripture focus today is taken from the letter that Paul wrote to the church at Philippi. Paul is writing to thank them for the gift they had sent to him. Paul also takes the opportunity to encourage and strengthen these believers. Apparently, there was some strife or disagreement among a couple of individuals that Paul specifically names. He is pleading with them to agree with one another in the Lord.

Let your gentleness be evident to all…

I believe when gentleness is evidenced by others, that they also see the fruit of love. Jesus says in John 13:35 that everyone would know that we are His disciples if we love one another. The fruit of love lets others know whose you are, so Paul was really just encouraging them to allow the fruit of love to be evident in their lives through gentleness.

Gentleness also known in the Bible as meekness is our subject for today as our summer series heads towards a close. The word meekness pictures a strong-willed person who has learned to submit his will to a higher authority.  The word translated meekness means “under control, tamed.” The spirit of the meek Christian is not broken, but broken in and harnessed for service in the Kingdom of God.

Rejoice in the Lord always…

Paul is reminding these fellow believers to rejoice or delight in God’s grace. I know when I think about God’s grace for me, it reminds me to extend His grace to others and to love others following His example – love is patient and love is kind…

Meekness is also used in the medical sense to denote soothing medication to calm the angry mind. Proverbs 15:1 says that a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Do others see you as one who is like soothing medicine for the angry or upset soul, or are you one who stirs up anger and strife?

I want to share the following prayer adapted from Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner

Lord, I am so thankful that You are patient with me as I learn to walk in the Spirit and to produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life.  Every day I am becoming more aware of my need to be changed.  It is very evident that I cannot change myself without Your help.  I know that I need meekness and temperance in my life.  So today I am sincerely calling out and asking You to help me move to a higher level of life.  Produce this powerful, life-changing fruit in me.  Change me, I pray!  In Jesus’ Name!

I am praying that the gentleness of the Spirit is seen clearly in your life… all that you say and all that you do…

Remember to be REAL…