Oft-Ignored Commands, Col 2:7

We are told to overflow with thankfulness. Being thankful is a great outlook and a great orientation in life. It is easy to key in on some commands and ignore others, like this one.

 Here is another oft-ignored command: be gentle. Some passages (http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=gentle&version1=31&searchtype=all&limit=none&wholewordsonly=no):

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)

Philippians 4:5
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Philippians 4:4-6 (in Context) Philippians 4 (Whole Chapter)

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:11-13 (in Context) Colossians 3 (Whole Chapter)

1 Timothy 3:3
not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
1 Timothy 3:2-4
 (in Context) 1 Timothy 3 (Whole Chapter)

1 Timothy 6:11
[ Paul’s Charge to Timothy ] But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:10-12 (in Context) 1 Timothy 6 (Whole Chapter)

1 Peter 3:4
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-5 (in Context) 1 Peter 3 (Whole Chapter)

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 3:14-16 (in Context) 1 Peter 3 (Whole Chapter)

I grew up in a legalistic background. It was emphasized that women should have a gentle and quiet spirit, which 1 Peter 3:4 does say. But I believe that all of these other passages command gentleness to Christians in general, not women in specific.

Also, I have a hard time knowing how to think about personality types. Some people are more stable, some are more emotional, some are subtle, some are dense. Isn’t it true that some people are never going to be very gentle, just by their personality? Yet, isn’t it also true that we are all commanded to be gentle? And what about confronting someone who is hurting others – don’t we somtimes need to hurt someone’s feelings in order to defend someone else?

However it all shakes out, I do believe we are all commanded to be thankful and to be gentle. Two commands that are super easy for me to ignore.


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