II Corinthians 3:12 “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”
The Lord tells us to be bold in our beliefs. Be bold in our convictions.
I Peter 3:4
“Rather, 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.”
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The Lord also tells us to be gentle in spirit because He is gentle with us. He is a safe restful place. We can be that place for people. We can be that place for each other.
Yes, we must be strong and bold in our convictions. Our desire for fairness and our conviction for justice and equality in life is not the most important thing. We can declare our rights and fight for freedom. I’m all for standing up for the underdog, but this boldness is not and cannot be confused with our own selfish desires. In our desire to “one up” the next person, our competitive spirit fuels good hard work and striving for goals, this is good but it can’t be confused with the “I” syndrome. I deserve this. I am better than you. I am older than you. I am smarter than you. I worked harder than you. This is where we’ve crossed the line and where gentleness of spirit needs to come in to play. Putting others before us is hard to do but we are called to this is. We sometimes need to back up and encourage the people around us, even when and especially when we don’t like them a whole lot.
A competitive bold spirit fuels so many positive things but when coupled with a humble quiet gentleness GOD can do so much more in us and through us.
Think of the impact this will have on your teammates, your co-workers, your friends, your family. Let gentleness come into play. Be an encourager. Let God mold you into the best version of you. Yes, work hard. Yes, give it all you have, but be a quiet, humble leader. Be bold in your convictions and gentle in your spirit. Be used by God today!