“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” Philippians 4:5.
Every parent has probably come upon a heated exchange between his or her kids and, instead of charging in, has listened to gather facts and see if they will work it out in a good way. Often, it is the aggressor who finds that the other is not being the pushover that he had hoped and, upon seeing the parent, immediately pleads for help and intervention.
Wrong-spiritedness is common among adults too—and sadly among brothers and sisters who are supposed to be imitating Christ, who was the gentle Lamb led to the slaughter.
Just a few verses before this, Paul pleads with two Christian sisters, “who had contended at [his] side in the cause of the gospel” and may have not have been bearing the spiritual fruit of gentleness with each other. But Paul is not the parent here but only the brother who is saddened by their ungentle spirit.
Oh, how the rest of the body is affected as well as our message to a lost world when we are harsh with one another! But, more than that, Paul appeals to our heavenly Father who “is near” and always watching.
Is the spiritual fruit of your gentleness evident to all?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy