Gentleness shows love
I wish I would have been treated with gentleness. I am a very sensitive person. If I had been treated with gentleness, I believe I would have been more confident with less fears. And yet, God was there to help me as I grew up. As I learned more about God I learned about his character and that is what I wanted to emulate.
The longer I walked with God, the more he worked in my life showing me what needed to be changed. And from the time I accepted Jesus as my Savior God began a work in my heart. Read Philippians 1:6. God is still at work in me.
One day, not long ago, someone told me, “You are so gentle.” It moved me to tears. I knew it was God working in my life. God also helped me as a mom, to create a home where my kids felt accepted and loved. As I watch my son with his children, my heart is full seeing he learned how to love well.
It’s true that we don’t have control over many circumstances in our lives. We didn’t get to pick the day we were born, or our parents. But even though we didn’t have a say in those decisions, God was there. And if we grew up feeling unloved, God can give us the love we needed. Maybe some of you grew up without a parent, or eventually you lost both.
When my parents died, I remember the day I saw the verse, Psalm 27:10. I felt alone till God assured me, he was still there.
God became the dad I never knew I always needed.
As we walk with God and learn about his character, he will keep working in our hearts. And one day, we’ll look like our Heavenly Dad.
Anne Peterson is a regular contributor to Crosswalk. She is a poet, speaker and published author of 14 books. She is also the author of over 42 published articles/Bible studies with Christianity Today. If you’d like to see more of Anne’s writing you can go to her website, www.annepeterson.comor follow her on her Facebook page. You can also sign up for her newsletter on her websiteand receive a free eBook.
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