Fruit of Gentleness – Mon – 21-07-19

Several years ago, I started wearing a new type of shoe. I had a friend that wore sandals all the time. He loved them. That summer I decided to try that brand as well. The sandal had a closed toe and a piece that fit up the back of the heel. A hook and loop strap fastened across the top. They were light and cool. However, they rubbed a blister on the back of one foot. A tiny piece of plastic was lodged in the lining. I dug it out and they became comfortable. I have worn them for several summers. Sometimes, small things can make big sores!

This same principle applies to dealing with other people. In Matthew 11:29-30 Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(NIV) Jesus compared his way with people to a yoke for animals. He described the yoke as “gentle,” meaning that it would not rub a raw spot like the sandals I purchased! This is the meaning of gentleness or meekness.

As you deal with others, remember that things that are small in your eyes can be a major irritation to others. Work to remove them. Strive to be a soothing, gentle person. That is what meekness is all about.

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