Jesus said, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 NASB). This is Jewish phraseology for the blessings of God’s kingdom (Psalm 37:11). We find satisfaction, not through our harshness, but through our gentleness because gentleness restores relationships three dimensionally.
First, gentleness restores our relationship with God. Jesus said that His gentleness restores our souls (Matthew 11:29). Second, gentleness restores our relationships with others because our words flow from our hearts (Luke 6:45). Solomon advised, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Third, gentleness restores others’ relationships with God, whether they be surrendered or unsurrendered. When the surrendered person is caught in sin, we should restore him gently (Galatians 6:1). When we answer the unsurrendered with the reason for our hope in Christ, we should do so gently (1 Peter 3:15).
Surrender your harshness for gentleness both in your heart and in your words. You will discover three-dimensional restoration.
For more, watch The Restoration with Mitch Kruse, Episode 8: Pride is the Lock on the Human Heart, Humility is the Key.
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