THE BEAUTY OF GENTLENESS

Eph.4:1-3 – I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The first three chapters of Ephesians talk about the majesty of election, sovereignty, redemption, salvation, and our eternal inheritance in Christ. The power and force of the revelation given to the Apostle Paul takes our breath away. Chapter three concludes with a prayer that we would be empowered to glimpse the revelation of God’s love for us in Christ. It is overwhelming!! The crazy thing about this is Paul’s follow up in Chapter four. Paul says therefore, because of all He has done for us in Christ, we are to walk in humility and gentleness. That’s what the revelation of Christ’s greatness does to us, it humbles us. One sure way to know if you are “getting it” is the effect the revelation has on us. Paul says it should be humility and gentleness. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on humility. Pay close attention, this is classic Jonathan Edwards.

“Holiness, as I then wrote down some of my contemplations on it, appeared to me to be of a sweet, pleasant, charming, serene, calm nature, which brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness and ravishment to the soul. In other words . . . it made the soul like a field or garden of God, with all manner of pleasant flowers; all pleasant, delightful, and undisturbed; enjoying a sweet calm. . . .

The soul of a true Christian, as I then wrote my meditations, appeared like such a little white flower as we see in the spring of the years; low and humble on the ground, opening its bosom to receive the pleasant beams of the sun’s glory, rejoicing as it were in a calm rapture; diffusing around a sweet fragrance; standing peacefully and lovingly, in the midst of other flowers round about; all in like manner opening their bosoms, to drink in the light of the sun.”

What a great analogy!! My soul, as a Christian is like a little white flower. Humble, sweet, soaking in the light of His glory, planted in His community with His other flowers. The results of this humility and gentleness, the fragrance of Christ fills the atmosphere. Plant me Lord in the garden of God.

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