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Author Topic: Subject: Learning Gentleness From Jesus.....................................  (Read 2219 times)


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"Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart"
(Matt.11:29).  Jesus told us to learn two things from Him -
humility and gentleness. Generally speaking, many have
spoken and written about the humility of Christ. But not
much is written or spoken about the gentleness of Christ.
This has led to an imbalance in the personal lives of many
believers and also in the church.

We see Christ's severity in the way He rebuked the Pharisees
(Matt.23) and Peter (Matt.16:23), and in the way He turned
over the tables of the money changers and drove them out of
the temple (Jn.2:14-16). That represented one aspect of
God's nature that Jesus manifested.

But we also see the gentleness of God in the way Jesus dealt
with notorious sinners.  We see something of the gentleness
of Jesus in the way He spoke to the woman of Samaria, for example.
Jesus had asked her about her husband. The woman
immediately changed the subject and asked Jesus a totally
unrelated question about worship (Jn.4:17-24). And we see
there that Jesus did not press the issue of her immoral past,
but allowed her to change the subject, and answered
her question about worship.  If we embarrass another person
by probing curiously into details about their past life, or
by repeating things that touch sore points in their life, we
can be certain that we have learnt NOTHING of the gentleness
of Christ from the Holy Spirit.

Curiosity is a sin that even many believers have not
recognised as a demonic vice. Our flesh has a great longing
to know about the evils that others have done, and so will
always be desirous of listening to the sins of others, even
when they are shared under the pretext of being prayer-
requests. Such information however will never do us any
good, but on the contrary will pollute our minds, prejudice
us against others, make us evil, and hinder our witness and
our ministry for the Lord. That is how Satan leads many
believers astray. We must never allow others to tell us
about their past lives even voluntarily, for man must
confess his sins only to God, not to other men.  Sin must be
confessed only in the circle in which it was committed.
Sins of the thought-life and those committed in private that
hurt no-one but ourselves, must be confessed ONLY to God.
But sins that hurt another person, must be confessed to God
as well as to that other person. Sins committed against a
local body of believers must be confessed to God as well as
publicly in the assembly meeting.

A gentle person will always be cautious never to say
anything that will probe curiously into the private areas of
another's life or into his past. If we accidentally touch
someone at a sore point, and see the person's discomfiture,
we should be quick to change the subject and act as though
we know nothing. That is gentleness.

We see the gentleness of Jesus also in the way He dealt with
the woman caught in adultery (Jn.8:1-12). Jesus certainly
did not condone her sin or call her sin by some other name.
He called her adultery `sin' and told her very clearly that
she must not commit sin again. But He did not throw stones
at her for being sinful.  God does not throw stones at sinners.
We must never forget that.  There are two ways to
preach about victory over sin. One is the way Jesus preached it,
without throwing stones at people. The other is the way
the Pharisees preached it, by condemning people. The
gentleness of Christ is missing in the words of many who
preach on victory over sin. They tell others not to sin, but
they also criticize them, accuse them and refer to them by
hard names. The Pharisees were like that. They preached
about righteousness, but they considered everyone "accursed"
who did not belong to their group (Jn.7:49). We find the
same attitude in many believers today.

Jesus on the other hand, preached a much higher standard of
righteousness than the Pharisees ever did. But He never
called any sinner by bad names. He loved them and won them
to a godly life, through His gentleness.   The woman caught
in adultery realized that while the Pharisees had come only
to point out her sin and to accuse her and expose her, Jesus
wanted to save her. And she must certainly have been saved
and become one of Jesus' disciples, after that encounter
with Him. When Jesus preached to that sinful woman, He did
not preach doctrine to her, but encouragement. He came with
a message of salvation from the power of sin, and not just
with a doctrine on holiness.  A lot of today's "holiness-
preaching" however majors on doctrines that define the old
man and the flesh, and the new and living way through the
flesh etc., But rarely do we see the gentleness of Jesus in
those who preach these profound truths. And so sinners are
not attracted to such Pharisees, as they were attracted to

This is where all of us who preach holiness would do well to
examine our own lives and see how our message comes across
to others. Is the gentleness of Christ present in our
ministry?  Christ must be manifest in our flesh, if others
are to be drawn to Him. We must allow the Holy Spirit to
show us the gentleness of Jesus, and to transform us into
that likeness if we are to fulfill our ministry.

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Our goal should always be to save the sinner while refusing to condone his/her sin. Judging others based on our own self-righteousness is not being Christlike.