When attempting to communicate, it is helpful if both parties speak the same language. Unfortunately, although my husband and I both speak English, it seems that we are speaking different languages at times. We sometimes even use different terminology to describe the same thing (that would make a good blog. . 🙂
Let’s make sure we are speaking the same language. Great effort has been expended to retain the written word of God in the compilation of scripture that we call the Holy Bible. Lives have been lost preserving it, and lives have been spent in making it available to us. So, it will benefit us to understand what the writer meant when he penned the words.
The Apostle Peter wrote these words in Greek:
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” I Peter 3:3-4
In Greek, the word gentle is praus, and means tranquil, quiet, gentle. It is similar to the Hebrew word used in the Old Testament, rakak, tender, delicate, soft, refined. These two words are used a few times in the Bible, mostly to describe attributes of God and Jesus. It is used to describe the still small voice, of God speaking to Elijah, as a gentle whisper. Jeremiah prophetically describes Jesus as a gentle, sacrificial lamb, and Zechariah describes him as a king, gentle and riding on a donkey. This word indicates the attitude and demeanor of gentle power.
Wow! Gentle power. There is great power in gentleness, but I’ll talk more about that in another part of this series. What I want to stress today is that gentle does not equal weak.
Gentle is not powerless, but is great potential under control.
Gentle is not coerced or forced, but is demonstrated as the result of our own free choice.
Gentle is not a personality, but a presence.
Gentle is not a social skill practiced by refined ladies (although it is very attractive when exhibited in such manner).
Gentleness is subdued power, controlled emotions, and powerful passions that are patiently prepared and preserved for powerful potential.
Any personality type can exhibit gentleness. Think of a Great Dane cuddling a kitten, a burly lumberjack holding his daughter for the first time, a firefighter comforting a child he’s rescued from a burning building. In fact, the more powerful a person is, the more gentleness they reveal.
Gentleness is the choice to be in control in a way that is not threatening or confrontational or destructive.
And gentleness is beautiful! Ladies, you have great potential to exhibit gentleness to those you love, especially your husbands, who need to experience gentleness more than you realize. In their strength, they exude a power that seems to spurn gentleness, but they crave your sweet, gentle strength, not expressed as stubborn, defiant, or confrontational, but as a powerful partnership, patiently prepared, and potentially potent, for when the need arises.
Oh, the beauty of gentle!
More about the power of gentle. . . next time! Come again!
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