How do we reflect God properly to each other so that we can actually not only be ministered to, but so that we can clearly see Him by how people treat each other. The Apostle Paul addresses this.
“We were gentle among you” (1 Thessalonians 2:7).
The Greek word translated into English here as “gentle” is really interesting in in the original language. It means more than just being quiet. It means to be mild.
Here are the characteristics of this word. It means a nurse with a crying child. How do nurses teach crying children? How does a teacher relate to a difficult pupil. The best definition, the best word picture, we can put on the idea of gentleness is this idea – a nursing mother.
These three pictures give us the idea of the quality of gentleness. There’s this paradox in Jesus’ ministry. There’s a paradox in that as He is working with us, He is always modeling an awareness of “This is what my Father is like.”
GOD IS THE PERFECT BALANCE OF GENTLENESS AND CHALLENGE
Jesus has this incredible balance of showing compassion and challenging people at the same time. He doesn’t overdo compassion without challenging us. And He doesn’t overdo challenge and not show us compassion. The Lord knows how to balance both expertly.
This is our goal as we begin to reveal what God is as a father to each other. This idea that we can actually be gentle and kind to each other is one of the highest standards of opening the heart to receive the word of God.