March 12, 2018

Deeply Rooted - Week 7:

Mark 4:35-41

In a culture of hitting harder, when the word “gentleness” is considered, weakness is associated with it. But weakness does not describe the God of the universe who created the world, or Jesus whom the wind and the waves obey, or Paul who feared neither life nor death, or many of the other men and women in Scripture.

Gentleness is having power and practicing restraint. Gary Thomas for Focus on the Family writes, “When my daughter was young, she used to love to squeeze my hand as hard as she could, trying to make it hurt. She could squeeze with all her might, but it never hurt. She didn't need to be gentle because she lacked the power to cause me any pain. . . It's the strong hand, not the weak one, that must learn to be gentle.”

Have you viewed gentleness as weakness? Can you think of other men and women in Scripture who were powerful yet gentle?