Is there someone you’ve been praying for hoping they change?
Are you trying to teach them the Gospel but instead, it becomes a hot-headed argument?
We are called to share the Gospel with others. Hoping and praying they accept Jesus as their Savior. But are we spreading the Gospel with a gentle spirit?
There are many places in the Bible that talks about gentleness. It talks about how our spirit should be gentle in our calling (Eph 4:2) and how we can break away bones with a gentle tongue (Pr 25:15).
Then I read Galatians 6:1
“Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit..”
I dawned on this verse for a moment and I began to think: How many times have I heard or seen people try to point out someone’s mistakes in an aggressive manner?
As Christians, we always want people to know Christ and accept them as their Savior. We want the best for them. But instead, I’ve seen the complete opposite.
Because sadly, I’ve done it too.
You may have a sibling, a relative, a parent, or even a friend that may be doing something wrong in their lives. No matter how many times you bring up the issue, you can’t seem to get them to change their mind or ways.
Instead of showing grace and love to those who had fallen or don’t know Christ, we criticize them. We tell them what they are doing is wrong and in most cases, we make them feel guilty.
I’m not saying all people who follow Christ do this. However, there are some people that like to point the finger but not look in the mirror.
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Like most people will say, there is a way of saying things. In this part of the book of Galatians, Paul tells us that we can correct someone of their mistakes but, with gentleness.
He also continues on with that we must watch out for ourselves so that we don’t become tempted.
When we speak to someone about their mistakes, at times they may say something that we don’t like to hear and we lash out in anger. We say things in response to their answer and that is where we sin. For if we are angry, we do not accomplish God’s righteousness (Jms 1:20).
We are tempted to lash out in anger. That is the point that Paul is trying to say here. He states in that verse that “you” who are spiritual should RESTORE such a person with a GENTLE spirit and to watch out for yourselves so you ALSO won’t be tempted.
We are already spiritual when we speak to someone about their sin. It is our spirit that can be abrupt when we hear or see things that we don’t want to hear or see and therefore, may lash out in anger.
We must be slow to anger, slow to speak, and quick to hear. (Jms 1:19) We are to be gentle to everyone that has made a mistake because remember, we too made mistakes before knowing Christ.
There may be people who will question you of why God’s way is better than their way or any way for that matter. Those people may be curious and those people may just want to have an argumentative debate, either way, we are to answer in a gentle spirit.
Like Paul had said in 1 Peter 3:15-16
“But honor the Messiah as the Lord in your hearts. ALWAYS be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the HOPE that is in you. HOWEVER, do this with a gentleness and respect…”
He even added respect in that verse! We are to be gentle be and respectful! That can be either a simple or difficult task depending on who and what the situation is. But if you have the heart of Christ, it is something that can come easily to you.
We should respect and speak everyone with gentleness regardless of race, color, sex, religion, etc. We may not agree with their beliefs but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to see God’s love and gentleness through you. If anything, they deserve to see that and much more.
Because we are all God’s children. He created us all in His likeness (Gen 1:27). What we choose to do with our lives is based on something He has given us dating back to Adam & Eve: Free-will.
Even after Adam and Eve have sinned, He still loves them and shows grace to them.
Just as He showed grace to you.
And just how we SHOULD show grace to others.
We are called to spread the Gospel with others who don’t know God or may have fallen. Sometimes, it’s much harder than it looks and sometimes, it can end pretty badly. Paul tells us in Galatians and in 1 Peter that we shall speak to all people with a gentle spirit. We shall learn to show grace and love to others with a gentle spirit that may make them learn more about Christ.
Is there someone you have been trying to reach but, just can’t get through to them? Try talking to them with a gentle spirit. Hear them out and let the Holy Spirit guide you. Show them the love and grace they need.
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