How often do I pause to check and see if I am following the leading of the Holy Spirit, or just barging through with my words and deeds? Not often enough, would be my guess.
Now, I am not into touchy-feely mystisicm. But I am talking about a pause throughout the day, a little WWJD at every turn. Would Jesus talk that way, even if He was right? Jesus was occasionally harsh, most notably with the Pharisees in the Temple, which happened twice, FYI.
But, mostly, Jesus was gentle. Not effeminately gentle. Strong gentle. I believe He had the spirit of a gentle Giant.
Gentleness is something I need to cultivate in my life. It does not come naturally to me. Of course, gentleness was given me by the Holy Spirit as a birthday gift when I was born again.
But, just like some gifts, it is put away to be used later on. Shameful.
10 months ago