A Strong Man is a Gentleman

April 18, 2018





(Part #8)




“Come to Me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)


If we all imitated the gentleness of Jesus, it would change the world.  It is mind-boggling how cruel human beings can be to each other.  Our natural human nature is violent; our natural human tendency is to be cruel.  Without the presence of God’s Holy Spirit, imagine how much worse this world would be.


You may say, I’m a gentle person, and think this lesson is for someone else.  You would never lift your hand to strike another person in physical violence.  But are you always gentle with your words?  I don’t have statistics to prove this to you, but I think that more churches have been damaged by the tongues of Christians than by the arsonist’s fire or by the vandal’s rock thrown through the window.  More churches have been damaged from the inside by God’s People than from the outside by the world.  More families have been destroyed by violent tongues than by violent hands.


They call us Christians, which means that we are known as followers of Christ.  Since we are His followers, we should be following His example in how we act.  We know that Jesus never raised a hand to harm anyone.  Even when people harmed Him, He did not fight back and take revenge.  We should also follow His example in the way He spoke to people.


He was gentle with the three apostles who couldn’t stay awake to pray for Him in Gethsemane.  He was gentle with Judas, when he betrayed Jesus, and showed up with a mob to arrest Him.  He was gentle with Malchus, and healed him after Peter cut off his ear.  He was gentle with Peter, who denied Him three times on the night He was arrested.  He was gentle with the people who arrested Him, tried Him, beat Him, & crucified Him.  He was gentle with the sick, the suffering, the poor, and the hungry.  He was gentle with children.


The following verses remind us to be gentle like Jesus…


… in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.  (1 Peter 3:15)


Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.  Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  (Galatians 6:1)


A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  (Proverbs 15:1)


Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.  (Titus 3:1-2)


I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  (Ephesians 4:1-2)


I would like for all of us to practice gentleness today.  Let’s be careful not to raise our voices.  Cut out the sarcasm and the critical comments.  Don’t get pushy and demand our own way.  Be gentle when we need to offer someone correction.  Be patient with the weaknesses of others, because we aren’t perfect, either  When we’re about to say something negative, we need to stop ourselves and ask, What would Jesus say?  We can afford to be gentle with others, because Jesus has been gentle with us.


I like to tell my boys, A strong man is a gentleman.  Jesus is the perfect example of this.  He was a man of great strength.  He was not afraid to confront the religious elite and challenge the status quo of His day.  There was even the time when he overturned the tables of the money changers.  So He could get tough when the situation demanded it, but He never raised His hand or raised His voice to bring harm to someone.  In all His dealings with people He was a true gentleman, and as His followers, we would be wise to follow His example.


I love Jesus’ Gentleness.




Today’s Good News is that Jesus is a gentle Saviour who is full of mercy and grace, and who treats us with love and compassion.


Now, go share the Good News…




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