June 13, Today’s thought – Gentleness

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Good Morning

Recently a good brother in Christ went to his reward; at his memorial service ‘gentle’ was one of the adjectives used to describe him and his life. I found this devotion in Streams in the Desert, telling what it takes to become gentle.

The servant of the Lord must be gentle. 2Timothy 2:24

When God conquers us and takes all the flint out of our nature, and we get deep visions into the Spirit of Jesus, we then see as never before the great rarity of gentleness of spirit in this dark and unheavenly world.

The graces of the Spirit do not settle themselves down upon us by chance, and if we do not discern certain states of grace, and choose them , and in our thoughts nourish them, they never become fastened in our nature or behavior.

Every advance step in grace must be preceded by first apprehending it, and then a prayerful resolve to have it.

So few are willing to undergo the suffering out of which thorough gentleness comes. We must die before we are turned into gentleness, and crucifixion involves suffering; it is a real breaking and crushing of self, which wrings the heart and conquers the mind.

There is a good deal of mere mental and logical sanctification nowadays, which is only a religious fiction. It consists of mentally putting one’s self on the altar, and then mentally saying the altar sanctifies the gift, and then logically concluding therefore one is sanctified; and such an one goes forth with a gay, flippant, theological prattle about the deep things of God.

But the natural heartstrings have not been snapped, and the Adamic flint has not been ground to powder, and the bosom has not throbbed with the lonely, surging sighs of Gethsemane; and not having the real death marks of Calvary, there cannot be that soft, sweet, gentle, floating, victorious, overflowing, triumphant life that flows like a spring morning from an empty tomb. ~~G.D.W.

Choose gentleness . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 5, Today’s thought – Gentleness

Good Morning

And the servant of the Lord must not strive;
but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2Timothy 2:24

All human heats hunger for tenderness.
We are made for love–
not only to love, but to be loved.
Harshness pains us.
Ungentleness touches our sensitive spirits
as frost touches the flowers.
It stunts the growth of all lovely things.
Gentleness is like a genial summer to our life.
Beneath its warm, nourishing influence
beautiful things in us grow.
There are many people
who have special need for tenderness.
We cannot know what secret burdens
many of those about us are carrying,
what hidden griefs burn like fires
in the hearts of those with whom
we mingle in our common life.
Not all grief wears the outward garb of mourning;
faces ofttimes veil heavy hearts.
Many people who make no audible appeal for sympathy
yet crave tenderness–they certainly need it,
though they ask it not–
as they bow beneath their burden.
There is no weakness in such a yearning.
We remember how our Master himself
longed for expressions of love
when He was passing through
His deepest experiences of suffering,
and how bitterly He was disappointed
when His friends failed Him.
We can never do amiss in showing gentleness.
There is no day when it will be untimely;
there is no place where it will not find welcome.
It will harm no one,
and it may save some one or despair.
J.R. Miller

Bear one another’s burdens . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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