Gentle

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

—Philippians 4:5

 

Everyone we meet should be able to say that we are gentle in our interactions with others.

Along with that, what if we could show all men that we were giving, empathetic, nurturing, trustworthy, loving and encouraging?

Wouldn’t that change some things?

 

G—-giving

E—-empathetic

N—-nurturing

T—-trustworthy

L—-Loving

E—-Encouraging

 

 

gentle

If You Have

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It was lunchtime, so I stopped at a familiar grocery store that sells pre-made salads in their produce section.

When I began to peruse the selections, I was disappointed.

There is a particular salad from there that I prefer.

Walnuts, raisins, apples and blueberries on a bed of fresh spinach leaves.

Looking carefully at the display of salads, I didn’t see my favorite.

A man was working behind me in the produce area.

I explained that I wasn’t finding what I wanted and I asked if he could look “in the back” to see if there were any that had not been put out for sale.

He looked, and none could be found.

He stopped what he was doing, went behind the counter and began making a salad to my specifications.

He even went out into the store and got a box of raisins and a package of walnuts when he realized he didn’t have any.

While I was waiting—at two separate times—someone who worked at the store saw me and asked if I needed any help.

Also, as I watched him making the salad, I overheard him interact with two other employees who were apparently under his authority, in a very kind and considerate manner.

After quite a bit of trouble on his part, he happily handed me my salad in a clear plastic container.

To top things off, he apologized to me for the wait….

When I got home, I was pleased to see that I not only had walnuts, apples, raisins and blueberries, but I had strawberries and raspberries, too!

This man not only represented his employer well, he represented himself well.

What would it be like if we represented Jesus to others?

When someone asks us for help, what if we were to stop what we were doing in order to see to their needs?

What would happen if we went out of our way to do what was best, even if it took longer?

What if we showed Christ-like character in our interactions with others while we were helping?

What if, while we were helping, two other Christians came by and offered their assistance?

I went away from the store marveling at the attitude and character of the man who made my salad.

The whole experience makes me look forward to visiting that store again.

If there are those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior who are within our scope of care and influence at any time, would their experience with you and me make them look forward to seeing us again?

Would they want to know more about becoming a Christian after realizing that we were?

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By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

—John 13:35

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My disciples

My Command is This

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“We’ll need to dilate your eyes today,” the doctor said.

I had gone to the optometrist last week for my yearly exam.

Not really thinking too much about it, I had forgotten to get someone to take me there and back.

Pupil dilation is always part of the routine, and since that procedure blurs vision, the patient cannot drive.

So, I was to have that done today during my second appointment.

As it turned out, my husband was out of town this morning and our son had to work.

Hmmmm.

Who could take me?

Normally, I am my own chauffeur, so I was at a loss about who to ask.

Most of my friends work during the day.

I decided to ask members of a weekly Bible study group that I attend if anyone could help.

A dear, sweet lady volunteered that I didn’t know very well yet.

Some years older than me— and a grandmother— she was delightful to be around.

She told me stories of how she had met her husband.

We talked about the pets their family had cared for through the years—even a baby oppossum.

Though the appointment took a little longer than I had anticipated, she never once made me feel like I was inconveniencing her.

As we walked outside, I had to wear funky disposable sunglasses to shield my wide open pupils from the light.

My vision was blurred and my surroundings seemed odd…

She was happy to help.

Happy to help, even though her daily routine included caring for her husband since he had suffered a stroke.

Happy to help, even though later today she would be going to work for a 12 hour shift as a nurse.

In the short time I was with her, she was such a Christ-like example to me.

Caring for others.

Eager to help.

Displaying a pleasant attitude.

Giving.

In my need, God allowed me to watch His love in the actions of another.

 

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

—John 15:12

 

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