The Apostles Were Gentle Among Believers

Daily God Walk for Monday, August 24, 2009

 As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. – 1 Thessalonians 2:6-7

 As we rise in position it is only human nature for our attitude to change toward those of lesser position. We tend to think of ourselves as needing to be served by others because our position demands so much of us. That is not sinister, or particularly evil, it is just human nature.

The opposite seems to have been true among the apostles. In passing, Paul makes reference to the importance of his position as an apostle. As a valued leader in the faith, he could have asked more of the people by way of personal support, but he chose not to.

We who are believers in the Christ must be careful lest we begin to think of our position in Christ as one that elevates us above others. When we begin to think that way we start to look at others differently. We look at the unbeliever as having less value and we begin to look at other believers as people who should be like we are.

Paul is giving us an example of the attitude we should have toward others. He compares the attitude of the apostles to that of a mother caring for her little children. Though a mother’s position is certainly one of greater responsibility than her children, she knows that her children come first. She nurtures and cares for her children at the expense of her own comfort, and often at the expense of her own health.

If we are to affect the world as the apostles affected the world we are going to have to adopt the same meek and gentle attitude as the apostles. We were attracted to the Lord by the Christ we saw in others and the world must see that same Christ in us if they are going to be attracted to the Lord.

Here is a challenge. Ask yourself this question, “Who do I know that would say I am a meek and gentle person?” Hint: your mother doesn’t count.

 Principle: Our life must demonstrate the same Christ that attracted us.

 Affirmation: I regularly examine my life looking for characteristics of Christ.

 Prayer: Lord, I tend to be just a bit judgmental of others. Help me to be gentle with those I am called to serve. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 130   – Isaiah 43-44 – Ephesians 4 – Proverbs 24

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