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Led By The Spirit Challenge #10 – Gentleness

Week 10 Challenge: This week we will learn gentleness is being submissive to God’s will. Looking at your life, are there any areas in your life where you are resisting God’s will? Ask God to reveal them to you and pray for an obedient heart that desires to do God’s will over your own. As a group, pray for each other in this area of your lives.

“Gentleness has been described as being gentle or meek, being lowly or humble. It is a form of self-control which Christ alone can give and it manifests itself in a submissive spirit toward both God and man.”- Elizabeth George

This morning I’d like to share with you two beautiful stories that illustrate gentleness in action. Both stories I’m sure are very familiar to you, both involve individuals being gentle, submissive and obedient.

The first story is found in Matthew 20, where Jesus is entering Jerusalem… “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey…” Jesus entered the city that would one week later crucify Him, GENTLY…He came riding on a donkey, submitting to His Fathers will for His life and obeying it all the way to the cross. Jesus demonstrates how we are to respond to God’s will for our lives…by submitting to God, obeying God’s will for our lives and responding gently. Jesus did not enter Jerusalem as a warrior ready for battle but as the King who is meek, gentle and peaceful.

Our next story is found in Luke 1, Mary is told that she will be with child, how does this young woman respond? By being humble, she knows her place, “I am the Lords servant.” Then by being obedient, “May it be to me as you have said.” Because of Mary’s obedience there are those who do not look upon her so kindly, some viewed her as an unwed mother and even her fiancé thought of breaking off their engagement. Mary’s obedience to God’s will for her life cost her a lot, yet she continued to obey and did so gently…not lashing out at those who did not believe her innocence.

How Can I Walk In Gentleness?

1. Accept- Accept everything in your life as allowed by God.

2. Pray- Prayer develops the proper posture of gentleness in us- kneeling, submitting to God.

3. Refuse to complain and grumble- To complain, one wise believer notes, “is an accusation against God. It questions God’s wisdom and God’s good judgement. God has always equated complaining with unbelief.”

4. Refuse to manipulate- Let God resolve the issue for you.
(Note these steps came from Elizabeth George’s book: A Woman’s Walk With God)

Jesus and Mary were able to walk in gentleness by submitting to God’s will for their lives and so can we with God’s help.

Week 10 Challenge: This week we will learn gentleness is being submissive to God’s will. Looking at your life, are there any areas in your life where you are resisting God’s will? Ask God to reveal them to you and pray for an obedient heart that desires to do God’s will over your own. As a group, pray for each other in this area of your lives.


Love God Greatly,

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Comments

  1. Oh how difficult it is for me at times. But, I am learning when I am gentle, gentleness has volume and effectiveness. Thanks for the challenge Angela.

  2. Julianne says:

    My continual prayer is to have a "gentle and quiet spirit". It can be difficult at times, for me anyway, to be gentle and quiet when my kids are fighting or disobeying, but I try to remember that when I’m not gentle with them then they are only learning- by my example, to act in a way that is not gentle. So I thank you for this reminder, and I love the Biblical examples you gave with Christ and Mary.
    Julianne :)

  3. thank you for the challenge angela; this is an area i would like to see God grow in me! appreciate your wisdom!!

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