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Teacher Devotion for the week of May 1, 2016
THERE IS POWER IN GENTLENESS
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
We often think of gentle people as being timid, easy going, without opinion, and basically weak in decision making. All of these assumptions are inaccurate. It takes great strength of character and self-control to be able to "clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. The verb "clothe" infers the need to make purposeful changes to your natural responses. We are being called to choose a different response from our automatic reactions. A gentle leader must practice mature responses when they face challenges. They must prepare themselves spiritually and mentally for battles that may arise throughout the day.
The Bible tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Delaying our response to conflict may save us a lot of regret. The tongue is a powerful tool. Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 18:21 tells us that "the tongue has the power of life and death..."
Determine to practice gentleness when dealing with co-workers and students this week. It will serve you well. I Peter 3:4 tells us that "the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God's sight."
Dear God, Teach me to deal with students and fellow teachers showing gentleness and concern. I want to reflect your kindness and gentleness in all I do this week.
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