Revive Me, Week 45– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Be a Gentlewoman
Gentlemen are a pleasure to be around. They are courteous, mannerly, noble, and honorable. I believe all Christian men should be gentlemen. They demonstrate sterling traits that represent Christ well. They stand out.
God desires all Christian women to be gentlewomen.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:3,4
“Very precious in the sight of God.” Don’t you love that phrase? That’s how God feels about a woman whose heart and spirit are gentle. Do you have a gentle spirit? Gentleness is a trait of those striving to “walk worthy of their calling” (Eph. 4:1,2). It is demonstrated by those trying to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16, 22, 23). It is an essential part of having “good behavior in Christ” (1 Pet. 3:15,16).
At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, women have a special knack for being gentle. Even Paul compared gentleness to “a nursing mother tenderly caring for her own children” (1 Thess. 2:7). Let’s not smother that God-given ability. It’s beautiful. Let’s not swallow the world’s presentation of the hard, edgy woman. When a woman displays gentleness, it doesn’t mean she lacks strength. We don’t think of a gentleman as being a weakling! No, a gentle woman has the greatest strength of all–the ability to draw others to Christ by her compassion, kindness, and patience (Col. 3:12).
“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.”
Suggestions for the Week:
- Practice gentleness in your speech, tone, and body language.
- Would your husband describe you as gentle? Would your children? If not, start today to make sure they see your inner beauty.
- Look up “gentle” and “gentleness” in the Bible. In what areas should we be practicing gentleness?
- Smooth out any rough edges in your personality. Be attractive.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.