Posted on Tuesday, Jul 05, 2022 by K-LOVE Pastors

A Gentle Strength

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NLT) 

Many people confuse gentleness with weakness. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it takes a person of great self-control to be gentle, kind, and loving. I think of a commercial I saw recently where a muscle-bound wrestler was having a tea party with his little girl. No one would dare call that dude “weak.”  

Of course, the best example of gentle strength is Jesus. While being the Creator of all things, He was, at the same time, “humble and gentle at heart” (Matthew 11:29). The King of Kings was born in a stable. The Lord of Lords washed His disciples’ feet. Heaven’s High Priest made Himself the very sacrifice that takes away the sins of the world.  

Another great example of gentle strength is found in the life of the Apostle Paul. He called out transgressors, condemned false teaching, and disciplined the rebellious with great strength. He was also like a mother caring for her little children (1 Thessalonians 2:7). In fact, he was sometimes criticized for his gentle touch (2 Corinthians 10:10). Don’t mistake Paul’s gentleness for weakness, though, because this man endured more suffering than any other Apostle before him. He followed Jesus even unto death. Does that sound weak to you? 

We live in a world where the survival of the fittest reigns as the motto of humanity. This world can be vicious and unfair. We can be tempted to think that strength shows itself through brute force. 

Yet amid all this, in Matthew 11:28-30, Christ says, “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” 

Remember, Jesus Christ overcame the very forces of darkness that ruled over humanity with a gentle strength, and by His power, so can we. 

Digging Deeper: 

  1. How have you experienced the strength of a gentle touch in your life? Share your story with the myKLOVE community.
  2. What are some ways you can express gentle strength this week?

10 Verses on God's Strength

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it. - Isaiah 30:15
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy. - Colossians 1:11
Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. - Luke 22:43
… Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”  - Colossians 1:11(b)
The people will declare, “The LORD is the source of all my righteousness and strength.” -  Isaiah 45:24
The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. - Habakkuk 3:19
God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. - Psalm 18:32
I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong. - Psalm 89:21
Don’t be afraid because I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

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