September 09, 2015
“God blesses those who are [gentle].”
Mt 5:5 NLT
Jesus said, “God blesses those who are [gentle]…for they will inherit the whole earth.” We’d all be a lot better off if gentle people ran the world, because those who aren’t gentle are making a real mess of things! St. Francis de Sales said, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as real strength.” Just as you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, people respond more readily to gentleness than aggressiveness. The famous football coach John Wooden told the following story: “My dad, Joshua Wooden, was a strong man in one sense, but a gentle man. He could lift heavy things men half his age couldn’t, but he would also read poetry to us each night after a day working in the fields raising corn, hay, wheat, tomatoes, and watermelons. We had a team of mules named Jack and Kate on our farm. Kate would often get stubborn and lie down on me when I was plowing. I couldn’t get her up no matter how roughly I treated her. Dad would see my predicament and walk across the field until he got close enough to say, ‘Kate.’ Then she would get up and start working again. He never touched her in anger. It took me a long time to understand that even a stubborn mule responds to gentleness.” When the Bible speaks of meekness it’s not speaking of weakness. Meekness means “power under control.” An unbroken horse is useless; an overdose of medicine kills rather than cures; wind out of control destroys everything in its path. Jesus was powerful but He was gentle. And you are called to follow in His footsteps (1Pe 2:21).