Everyone seems to be a little more kind and gentle at this time of the year and we all love it…
But Christmas passes and the new year begins and everything – goes – back – to – normal! Life overwhelms us, patience wanes, and we find ourselves being more negatively reactive than positively proactive.
Maybe we don’t have to.
Maybe you and I can choose to be different.
Maybe we can be the change that’s needed on line and in real life.
Maybe we need to pray…
God, Please Help – We Need to be More Kind and Gentle
Father, it’s funny how I can want or even expect the people around me to be kind and gentle but I can quickly make excuses for myself when I fall short.
I can declare my own lack of kindness as being justified because I’m responding to someone else’s words or actions.
But You don’t offer any exceptions,
In fact, Your Word says…
A gentle answer deflects anger. Proverbs 15:1
Gentle words are a tree of life. Proverbs 15:4
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2
I am so sorry, Father. Please forgive me!
And help me to be kind and gentle!
I’m starting to realize that it doesn’t really help for me to pray that “we” do better if I’m not willing to do better.
So, I’m asking You to open my eyes to the opportunities around me. Please help me be slow to speak and quick to listen. Help me to be patient and understanding.
Help me to reject the world’s way of reacting and practice living with the wisdom You give…
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17
Help me to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving … remembering the gracious and merciful ways You have forgiven me. (based on Ephesians 4:32)
Thank you for Your patient love and kindness. It is so very undeserved. Please help me respond with love and kindness … even when others fail to extend it to me.
I want people to see You in me.
I want people to want to know You because they see You in me.
I want to be prepared to respond when people ask, question, debate, or even want to argue about the difference You’ve made in my life through the power of Your Holy Spirit and all You’ve done for me through Jesus … but with kindness and gentleness.
I want people to know and love You!
You are the difference we need.
You are the One who will make us more kind and gentle.
Help us, Father! We need You. I need You.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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