Proverbs 31:25-26 Good News Translation (GNT)
25 She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future.
26 She speaks with a gentle wisdom.
It should be easy to be gentle, but in reality it takes great strength. Our world is filled with images of force, power; and phrases like extreme fitness, cross-training, kick boxing. With boot camps we are geared up to build mass and muscle. We need to reflect a controlled body and assume that the image can only be acquired with strength. No one wants to be weak, because weakness is lack of control. And somewhere along the line weakness has been linked to words like humility, goodness and gentleness.
Interestingly enough a small Blessings book (for women) that I have been reading had two topics back-to-back; goodness and gentleness. It made me pause as I saw: “When you were a little girl, your parents may have said, ‘Run along now and be a good little girl.’ They meant only the best, but growing up, many women received a negative message. They relate goodness to being dismissed or not being taken seriously. Others become obsessed with meeting an unrealistic standard of goodness. Really no one is good, but God. Goodness will come as you walk in relationship with Him.”
Galatians 6:10 reminds us, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” The author Rebecca Currington states, “Those good deeds are an expression of the goodness or “God-ness” that resides within you. They should come easily and naturally as you feel God’s presence within and should overflow in gratitude.”
And what of that word gentleness? God’s word is punctuated repeatedly with it, reminding me time and time again of our Savior’s demeanor. I fall woefully short on this fruit of the spirit. I am not perfect and my Lord could blast me for it; call me out every time I stumble and chastise me for every mistake I make. He will correct me of course, but God’s correction is consistently gentle. (Again the author reminds me) “No throwing of lightning bolts and crashing thunderclaps, just a still small voice inside your heart. He will not make an excuse for your sin, but he will quietly and gently call you to repentance.”
Philippians 4:5 declares “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” The bible says a strong woman is also gentle-two words that might seem to contradict, but don’t. Here’s where I began. It should be easy to be gentle, but in reality it takes great strength. “A strong woman chooses how she will respond to others. She chooses to deal with them gently-because she can. She is in control of her emotions, her words, and her actions. Anger, hostility- both represent the easy way out. [Our Savior during His trial and crucifixion showed this dramatically] Gentleness requires strength. God wants to see you become a strong, gentle woman for Him.” R Currington.
My strength can only come from Him. Blessings as you learn the strength of gentleness. Doneta