Today we are going to start looking at the secret of gentleness in our relationships. Most of you men are probably ready to check out, "What is this guy going to say about gentleness that I want to hear?" Gentleness isn't going to win any football games and it's certainly not going to work at the office.
We live in a dog-eat-dog world. We're in this survivalistic mode. If we don't take care of ourselves, who's going to? So when you hear gentleness you're probably thinking of Bambi meeting Thumper or Benji taking care of some lost kittens. It doesn't really smack of anything that has substance to it. It might be OK on Sunday morning but it's not going to work Monday at the office.
Or will it? I think you're going to be surprised. I think there is a power in gentleness that gets people's attention. It's radical.
The best word picture to help us see what gentleness looks like is a wild stallion being tamed. There is a children’s book called Cracker, the Horse That Lost His Temper. Cracker was a high-spirited horse that had a lot of untapped power and potential, that was out of control until he was tamed by the love of a little girl. That's what gentleness is.
Gentleness is the power of your potential under GOD's control. Like Cracker each one of us has an untapped resource, has untapped power and potential that until we come under GOD's control we'll never be able to fully be all that we can be and all that HE wants us to be.
Just a thought from the front porch…