An animal rescue episode on a YouTube channel showed a large dog that had been picked up from the streets.
Abandoned, neglected, half-starved, and unloved. The animal cowered under a table in the rescue shelter for two weeks refusing to be touched.
The YouTube host (who fostered abandoned dogs) entered the room, knelt beside the table, and with gentle words had the dog licking his hand within minutes.
That’s how God expects us to treat the people who walk this life with us.
Ephesians 4:1-3 says:
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Here are five tips for showing the gentle side of you:
Tip No. 1:
Walk in a manner worthy of your calling. That YouTube host was more than a YouTuber. He was also someone who cared about dogs. He acted like it.
Tip No. 2:
Be humble and gentle. No forcing Christ down people’s throat. Offer, give them time, and let them make the first move.
Tip No. 3:
Be patient. People might not respond the first time you share with them. Don’t give up. Try again and again. It’s what Jesus would do.
Tip No. 4:
Show love. Step up. Offer your help. Pay the electric bill. Mow the grass. Offer to babysit. Yeah, that type of love.
Tip No. 5:
Keep the peace. It’s how we remain unified in Christ. Arguing only divides the saints and causes the unsaved to walk on by the doors of the church even when they are open and we invite them in.
Jesus draws the lost to him. It’s our job to make them feel welcome. Let’s do it today.
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