MOVING FORWARD ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
Have you ever considered the gentleness of God?
To me, it is one of his most endearing qualities.
It is a rare treat to find gentleness in this often harsh world.
I am not always as gentle as I should be. When I fall short, it's often because I am unaware of my ability to cause the other person pain or I don't trust the other person to care. Sometimes I am just so frustrated about a situation that I'm not even thinking about how the other person might be feeling.
Conversely, it's relatively easy for me to be gentle when I am aware that the other person cares or is fragile. It's also easier when I am in a good mood or not overwhelmed by the situation. Then I can more easily keep in mind that taking care of people is always more important than taking care of a problem.
(photo courtesy of Doug Gephardt)
Based on these statements, what can we surmise about God?
- He knows he is powerful
- He knows we are fragile
- He is in a good mood
- The situation is not frustrating or overwhelming for him
- He trusts us
- He always cares about our feelings and never desires to cause us pain
Our heavenly Father has a perfectly beautiful, perfectly gentle heart.