Yielding to God
Gentleness isn't something we can accomplish on our own. We must choose to rely upon the Lord to help us respond to life with gentleness, tenderness, and a quiet spirit. Ask God daily for help to respond to others as Jesus responded. The Holy Spirit will guide you in what to say and do. "He will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13).
Those who are truly meek make the most powerful prayer intercessors. Intercession is what Jesus is doing for us right now. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us, bringing all our concerns and needs to the Father. The Holy Spirit always leads us to do what Jesus is doing. Even as Jesus is praying for us, it is our responsibility to pray for others.
A great blessing of gentleness is that it removes from us the burden of self-defense and self-promotion. How many people do you know who strive to prove themselves to other people? They continually try to build themselves up in order to win approval or praise. They are struggling to raise themselves up to the position where other people will think they are worthy, valuable, lovable, and important. They put themselves in an ongoing competition with others and eventually bring misery to their lives.
In sharp contrast, the person who yields all glory and honor to God is a person who is freed from a spirit of competition and instead is given a spirit of cooperation. The person who is meek seeks to help others succeed.
When we yield all authority and glory to God, we truly stand in humility before Him. We are yielding all to Him, and we stand in a position to do His bidding at all times. What do you need to yield to God today?
Prayer: God, I pray that Your Spirit would reveal to me any areas that I have not yielded to You. I pray that You would give me strength to develop humility and meekness and to understand what it means to truly be gentle. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near" (Philippians 4:5).
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