Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Spirit of Gentleness

Little Sister is a bundle of fun. She is full of joy and overflowing with smiles and personality. She also loves and loves "hard." To say she is a little overzealous in her affection to Little Brother would be an understatement. . .;-) We laugh and remember the abominable snowman from Bugs Bunny: "I will love him and squeeze him and name him George."

We are constantly reminding her to "be gentle. . ."

Yet, the Lord also has to remind me of those same words.

"Brethren, if a man (ahem. . .one of your children--Rebekah' s Summarized Version) is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted" (Galations 6:1).

As we teach and train our children, it must be done diligently, consistently, yet in a spirit of gentleness. And where should we place our focus? Things that get on our nerves? Things that inconvenience us? Maybe. . .but these things need so much more grace.

Our real focus should not be on what inconveniences us but what grieves the Lord. Notice Galations 6:1 deals with "any trespass."

And when we find our children in sin, He says to deal with it in that spirit of gentleness.

I mentioned this to my dear friend Mama Hen the other day, and she added what she had noticed in Proverbs 31 recently:

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness" (Proverbs 31:26).

May we love and train our children in a spirit of gentleness, kindness, and wisdom.

In the Heart of our Home,



Mama Hen said...

I had forgotten about "I will love him and name him George." That fits her perfectly!

Thank you for the reminder, again, this morning. I need it!!!!!

Janet said...

Good word Rebekah! I needed to be reminded of this today! Especially in training our children we should focus more on what grieves the Lord than on what inconveniences us or gets on our nerves. So often my natural tendency is the opposite. Thanks for the encouraging words! May we all walk in a spirit of gentleness this day!!

April for the Crew said...

Thank you for an important reminder. Now would you please come to my house and remind me every day? :-)

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