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The Gentle Savior
by Jenny on November 29th, 2017

"Let your gentleness be evident to all." Philippians 4:5

After watching a particular holiday special on television two nights ago I posted a comment on social media regarding the show's lack of reference to the true meaning of Christmas. The hosts of the television program claimed that Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends. While I enjoy spending time with family and friends, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus.

But soon after I posted my comment for all the world to see, I felt a gentle tug at my heart. A kind friend would later comment on the "gentleness" of my words, but deep down I felt the Lord convicting me that my post wasn't gentle enough. In truth, I was mad. Angry that the world seems to have dismissed Christ, not just from Christmas, but from life itself. I was Peter. Attempting to defend my Lord, over-zealously wielding the word of truth, wounding those who do not believe. And the Lord said, "Put away your sword."

In my frustration I began to reflect on how Jesus responded to the lost. Scripture records times when Jesus grew angry . . . but He never grew angry with the lost. Jesus would leave towns on account of unbelief, but He only grew angry when His children were oppressed and mistreated, and He grew angry with people like you and me. Jesus grew angry when those who claimed to be His followers looked down on those who weren't following Him. To quote an article from GotQuestions.org, "Jesus did not exhibit man’s anger, but the righteous indignation of God." (search the question, Was Jesus ever angry?)

In His interaction with those whose hearts were far from Him, Jesus was gentle.

I want all to know the greatness of God. I want all to believe in the Savior who came as a baby to save us from our sins. I want all to recognize the fullness of life that can be achieved when we live life according to Scripture.

Jesus said, "Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching." (John 14:23) Did you catch that? I want others to follow the Father's teaching . . . but love must come first. My job as a follower of Christ is to give others reason--by the way that I live, by the things that I say, by the way I treat others--to love Christ.

Paul's advice to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:25 says, "Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people's hearts, and they will learn the truth." And later Paul said to Timothy, "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction." (2 Timothy 4:2)

Rather than responding out of anger to those who oppose the truth, I am to gently and patiently instruct, using the Word of God. If I haven't gently, patiently and carefully done that, then the only person I have to be mad at . . . is myself.

Want others to share in the truth about Christmas? Give someone the greatest gift of all. Give them reason to believe in the Gentle Savior.


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Jeanne - November 29th, 2017 at 8:53 AM
Thank you for sharing. I%u2019m sure I%u2019ve been guilty too.
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