Tuesday, October 8, 2013

You Can Only Spill What is Inside

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness…

(Galatians 5:22-23,

We had long known the Lord without realizing that
meekness and lowliness of heart should be
the distinguishing feature of the disciple
” (Andrew Murray)

A nurse in the hospital complained to her pastor that she had been rudely treated by some of the patients. The wise pastor answered,
Thank God for that!”
What do you mean?” she inquired in astonishment.
Well,” he explained, “if you are holding a glass and someone knocks against you, you can only spill out what is inside! When people misjudge and persecute us, we soon reveal what is in our hearts. If we are Christ-filled and governed by the Holy Spirit, we will manifest the gentleness and meekness of our Savior. In fact, God often allows us to be pushed around and mistreated so that the-not-yet-saved men may be astonished at His grace as we overflow with love and forbearance.

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary defines ‘Gentleness’ as
Sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior,
founded on strength and prompted by love

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