isnaini_blogtemplate53_00 Broken Spirit: Prayers of a Godly Woman-Day 9

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Prayers of a Godly Woman-Day 9

By Jim Gallery

Help Me, Lord To Pursue Gentleness

"Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in."
1 Peter 3:4 The Message

This country was founded on rugged individualism. Most of us have been taught that ambition, perseverance, and hard work are important components of the American way, and, of course, they are. Successful women also understand the need of assertiveness and drive.

Yet, in a world that glorifies ambition, the Bible teaches that gentleness is a fruit of the spirit; thus, the godly woman will exhibit the virtue of gentleness in word and deed. On the surface, ambition and gentleness may seem to be mutually exclusive, but they aren't. Gentleness is strength under control.

The Bible gives examples of godly women who were successful in worldly endeavors. Deborah was a prophetess and judge used by God to deliver the children of Israel from oppression. (Judges 4, 5) Lydia was a businesswoman chosen by Paul to begin a church in Philippi. (Acts 16) Esther courageously confronted her king to save her people. (Esther 5:1)

A gentle spirit is the hallmark of Christian maturity. Peter challenges the godly woman to cultivate gentleness because God delights in it. So should we.

You cannot cooperate with Jesus in becoming what He wants you to become and simultaneously be what the world desires to make you. If you would say, "Take the world but give me Jesus," then you must deny yourself and take up your cross. The simple truth is that your "self" must be put to death in order for you to get to the point where for you to live is Christ. What will it be? The world and you, or Jesus and you? You do have a choice to make.
Kay Arthur

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want to them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12 NASB

Today's Prayer
Lord, please give me the strength to do my best for You. May I give all of my heart and soul to loving You and doing Your work. And may those around me see gentleness in my words and deeds as I live for You today and every day.


Blogger PJ said...

Beautiful post. I love coming here. "Gentleness is strength under control." I really like that sentence and I take it with me.


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