Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
– Philippians 4:5 –
Gentle is a word with rich, deep and varied meaning. Mike Riccardi does a great job expounding on the word in this article: http://thecripplegate.com/gospel-shaped-gentleness/#more-14559
One aspect really caught my attention. Reasonable Flexibility
What a great need there is for those of us in the church to be marked by a reasonable flexibility. Some of us simply cannot abide it if something isn’t done according to a particular policy or preferred method. Others consistently insist on their own way, and make others’ lives difficult until they bend to their direction. You may be the kind of person that other people are always accommodating and pacifying, lest there be some needless altercation. Paul says to us, “Let your gentleness be evident to all men.” Be mild, be kind, and—as long as it doesn’t violate the Word of God—be yielding. Be reasonably persuadable—reasonably flexible.
Think about it.