First Responder

1 Corinthians 13:4Love is kind (NKJV).

The word translated kind in this verse actually has several different meanings, but I want to share one used to define the God-kind of love. To be kind means to be gentle.

As I studied the Scripture concerning gentleness, I made an interesting discovery, and it boils down to this: Gentleness is love’s initial response to conflict. I guess you could say gentleness should be a first responder to opposition of any kind.

A first responder is someone designated or trained to respond to an emergency—a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic. They are skilled at bringing solutions to problems. In much the same way, God has designated His children to respond gently in hostile situations. I believe gentleness is the key to bringing potential revolutions to resolutions.

More often than not, the Bible ties being gentle to times of persecution, strife, and the like. Check out the passage below.

Titus 3:1-2 — Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and show perfect courtesy toward all people (ESV).

I challenge you today to respond gently when faced with adversity. Don’t allow your feelings to lead you; make gentleness the first response.

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