Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5
“Git-outta-our way, buddy!!” My eyes darted to the rearview mirror just in time to see my three-year-old shake his dimpled fist at the truck in front of us. I knew my toddler’s road rage was learned behavior, and this time I couldn’t blame Daniel Tiger.
It’s humbling, isn’t it? To see our harsher words echoed by those tiny lips? Never have Paul’s words from Philippians 4 felt more pertinent to me than in this season of motherhood. I’m feeling the weight of little eyes and ears always on me constantly.
And thanks to social media, there are more than just little eyes watching us. With each passing year, it seems the tension in our culture rises, while the ability to communicate respectfully declines. Whether our words are spoken on a public platform or within our homes, the truth is we have an audience.
So it bears considering: what is evident in our words? Is it our fear? Our pride? Or is it our gentleness?
Choosing to speak with kindness and humility reflects the person of Christ to those around us. It testifies to the peace we have in His sovereignty. It points to the work He’s doing in our hearts. Displaying His gentleness goes so much deeper than merely being a nice person. It’s a radical choice to display Christ’s goodness to a world that is lost and afraid.
Don’t buy into the chaos, around you Mama. Speak life. Speak grace. And may your gentleness be evident to all.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20
To Consider this Week:
As Mamas, we tend to set the emotional tone of our household. What tone do you hear most often used by yourself, your spouse, and your children? Is it where you want it to be? Are there changes that need to be made?
Think back over the things you have said or posted this week. What emotions are evident in your words?
Is there a person or situation that never fails to rile you up? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the grace to demonstrate gentleness and kindness in those moments.
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