GentlenessBro. David Chancellor
4/2/2006 11:00 AM
The child of God should be the best friend the world has ever had. This is because we truly care about people.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus spoke this to the disciples before he went back to the Father, and before the day of Pentecost. These were walking with God enough to receive the great commission - God wouldn’t give this commission to sinners.
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
In Matthew, he told them to “go,” but here he tells them to “wait.” He told them to wait because he needed to get them ready for the work. We can have the desire to go and do, but we may need to wait and be readied to go. These needed the Holy Ghost to be able to go and be effective in fulfilling the Great Commission. We also need the Holy Ghost to be effective. People still need sanctification to be effective workers for God. When the Spirit comes on you, you will have the qualities you need to witness. One of the qualities is gentleness. Many witness today by beating someone over the head with religion. The message of the gospel is a wonderful message. People need to see it lived, as well as hear it. We need to live out the qualities of Christ if people would see him in us.
2 Corinthians 10:1
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
Paul didn’t approach these in an assertive way, but in a meek and gentle way. Meekness is an inward quality; gentleness ahs to do with the outward demeanor. The word Paul used for gentleness is unique to the New Testament. The message of Christ was new to mankind. Before then, mankind was primarily warlike. Gentleness is sweet reasonableness. We aren’t to carry the gospel in anger, but in sweet reasonableness. We need the meekness and gentleness of Christ. People might persecute you to see what’s inside.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness; Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
Paul was bold, but not brazen. Paul was gentle. Even after all that he suffered, he was still gentle. Gentleness expresses itself in affability. Paul was pleasant and easy-going. We will encounter people that oppose what we stand for. We should be able to just open up and talk to people about Jesus. We aren’t out to flatter people to God, but just want to open up and discuss him with them. You will face some contentions, but just be one who can sit and explain. Sometimes the best answer is, “good question, I don’t know, but I’ll find out.” People need to see the gentleness of Christ in us.
2 Timothy 2:1-3, 22-26
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
The servant of the Lord must endure hardness, but must not be hard or hardened, and instead must be gentle. People in Paul’s day were entertained by people being killed. People today see a lot of simulated death and violence on TV, and are being entertained and hardened by it. The servant of God should be gentle and approachable, not argumentative. Let all the accusations and insults go, so that you can instruct. Be gentle to everyone, and be able to teach. This is how the gospel will go out. It takes the qualities of Christ to be able to witness to others.
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
“Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.” The way God has handled us has made us what we are. His gentleness has made us what we are. He can help and instruct us, and because he has helped and instructed us, we are what we are. We’re where we are because God was gentle with us. People can see God in you, and see what he is like. People need to see God’s gentleness in you.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
“…peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated…” People can question what you have to say, and you don’t pounce on them. Gentleness in the face of disagreement shows the world something they don’t have. It shows that there is something in God. The qualities that the Spirit of God puts within will help you reach others for God. We want our outward demeanor to represent Christ as he is. Get the preparation you need to go. They need to see Christ in how you live as well as in what you say.