Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. – (Philippians 4:5, HCSB)
Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon. – (Philippians 4:5, ERV)
Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. – (Philippians 4:5, VOICE)
Graciousness, gentleness and kindness are all things that God gives to us in abundance. His grace grants us a new sunrise each day, air to breathe, and everything good in our lives. God’s gentleness is the still small voice that speaks to our hearts, and reminds us of which way we are to go, who we are in Him, and how to choose to love. Extending kindness, especially when it is not “deserved”, is a demonstration of God’s graciousness made tangible through us. Each time we both extend and experience these things, we are gaining glimpses of just how near the Lord is to us. His presence provides as we choose to abide. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us to love as He loves, so that our gentleness and kindness help others to see God’s own heart.
Let God’s gentleness,
Truly take the lead;
His kindness made clear,
For love’s what we need.
The heart of the Lord,
Is most clearly shown;
Through His loving grace,
That’s ever made known.
Help us, Lord Jesus,
To love graciously;
So others may know,
All good that’s from Thee.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You show us Your kindness, gentleness and grace through Your overwhelming and eternal love. Thank You that You pour so much into us, that we can share generously out of the overflow within. Forgive us for the times that Your gentleness and grace have been absent from how we operate. Teach us to seek You to lead us in all things and at all times, so that Your goodness and grace are clearly shown. Direct us to love those around us like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to fill us with more of You so that Your graciousness is made evident through all that we say and do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
One who loves with a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. – Proverbs 22:11