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A Genteel Lady

Nov 14

by Victoria Robinson

The origins of the word genteel are traced to France in 1599. Genteel means: nice, graceful, and pleasing. It is a reborrowing of the word that had early come into English as gentle. Girlfriends, genteel is an accurate word to describe your heavenly Father. He is a loving and gentle Father. Let us seek to imitate Him by going about our lives presenting gentleness to those around us.

Gentleness should never be taken as a trait of someone who is spineless. The opposite is actually true. Proverbs tells us that  a gentle tongue can break a bone. Note how Jesus spoke with the woman who came to get water at the well in the book of John. He actually had more spine than most of us. He tells her He knows that she has had five husbands and that she is now living with a man without being married. Yet He did all this with gentleness and love. Not only did this lead to her salvation, but also many others in the town after she testified to them about her encounter with Jesus. Girlfriends, I do not know about you, but if someone exposed my sin to me, I am not about to run telling everyone. This however is exactly what this woman did. The gentleness Jesus used was not spineless, but extremely effective.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would develop a genteel heart and treat everyone with the gentleness of our heavenly Father.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ~ Philippians 4:5 NIV
  
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. ~ Proverbs 25:15 NIV
  
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? … Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” … The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” … Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” ~ John 4:10-11,13-18,25-26,39-42 NIV
 
…  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, … ~ 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
 
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. ~ Galatians 6:1 NIV

 

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1 NIV
 
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit? ~ 1 Corinthians 4:20-21 NIV