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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Phil. 4:5); “I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29).

 

Lord Jesus, if “evident gentleness” was measurable, yours would break every scale, fry every meter, and be off every chart. Your gentling hand and heart come to us in the middle of our weariness, fears, anger, and shame. Thank you.

Gentle us when our bodies ache, our hearts hurt, and our minds race—three realities that seem to be on the increase in our predictably unpredictable world.

Gentle us when we walk away from a loved one’s grave for the first time. Jesus, thank you for defeating death by your own. We now long for its eradication.

   Gentle us when we face unkindness, meanness, or criticism from others. Defensiveness, lashing back, tit-for-tat snarkiness only make things worse. Redemptively “shush us,” when we are fed up and kindness-empty.

Gentle us when we forget the Gospel and Satan fuels our shame and contempt. He lost us for eternity, but intends to pillage the peace you’ve given us by your finished work.

Gentle us when “I’ve got too much to do” isn’t an exaggeration, when our emotional triggers become hair-triggers, and when we cannot control the choices of people we love.

Jesus, how near are you? Our lives are hidden in yours, and your return is “soon.” Turn our irritation into adoration, our worry into worship, and our vexing into trusting. So Very Amen.

 

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