“. . . for I am gentle . . . ” Matthew 11.29
These simple words form the basis of our trust in coming to Jesus; when we come, we will not be turned away, nor will Jesus ridicule our needs. Rather, he will treat us with the gentleness for which our hearts yearn. This gentleness is not an act on his part, but rather it flows from the truth that he is gentle – which is his nature – so when we come to him, we come before the personification of gentleness.
This gentleness should inspire us to honesty. We do not have to hide anything away from Jesus nor be fearful that he will view us harshly. The reality is that he knows everything about us and is longing for us to bring all of ourselves to him. Nothing we share with him can shock him or change his attitude towards us.
Jesus’ gentleness should also inspire us to emulate him. We are disciples of the one who said that he was gentle, and that is how we should also be. This attitude should define our dealings with others. How wonderful it would be if we were known for our gentleness by those who come into contact with us. Come now to Jesus and let his gentleness flow though you today.
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