Tag Archives: Gentleness

Brother, Sister by Wayne Augden

Brother, Sister
As your brother in Christ
I come before you
As the “Word of God” says.
I come to you, bearing you only love,
With a sincere desire to
Show you the love, and truth
That we all must live
If we are to be of any value
To the eternal God
Who has given us every
Good and precious gift.

I come to you, in sadness
For I have some things on my heart
Concerning you that are
Not easy for me to say;
Yet, must be said
For not to say them
Is to not only wrong you,
But the great and almighty God
That has called me with a
Holy calling
Into the service of He,
Who I love most,
Who is faithful and true.
My Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ.

Brother, Sister
I call unto You
Remembrance of that which You have known
And experienced, and in
Time past have lived
Before all men.
You, who have tasted that
Which is most sweet,
That you have embraced
And now call your own.

What has happened to You?
Why have You turned away
From that which you used
To have joy in?
Who has bewitched you
Into thinking that You can claim
And take these things
Into your heart, mind and soul
And believe that He,
Our precious Lord can live
In concert with.
He, who has saved you
With an everlasting love
Is He no longer worthy
Of the honored place
You swore to give Him?

Brother, Sister
Why are you walking upon this path?
Where is He who leads;
Where is He who knows the way;
He who has shown You
To streams of living water;
To where you can find rest,
And partake of daily bread?
Where is his light
That I used to see leading you
Through the darkness
For I no longer see it
Shining so brightly
As once before.

Brother, Sister,
Our Lord who loves you so has
Sent me back to find you,
And has asked me to help lead you
Back to where His light shines
So brightly.
I see brother, and sister your load;
How can you carry such a burden?
Let me help you carry this.
What is this your carrying, brother, sister?
When did you begin to carry this;
And, why?  Why are carrying this?
Have you forgotten that our Lord
Said to leave that behind;
And this?  Did He not say
That He would carry this for you?

Brother, sister,
Let me put you in remembrance
Of what our Lord Jesus said to carry.
These are what
you are to carry:
Carry love.
Carry love for Him,
And for all you meet,
For love shall cover a multitude of sins
And brings light to the darkest
Of paths.
Do you not remember that He said,
Love seeks not it’s own,
But seeks the highest good
For everyone?

And where is your joy?
Have you lost it?
Where has it gone?
You used to have such gladness
No matter your circumstance.
Have you forgotten
That joy comes from
living with what we know
to be true, as a result
Of our belief and obeying
Our glorious God.

And what of your peace?
I don’t see it dear brother, sister
In you.
You do not seem content.
Have you no freedom
From worry and fear
And the troubles of this world
That oppress you.
Have you tried to carry on your own,
What our Lord told You is His
To carry?
Here let me share these with you
Till we see Him again.

You, Brother, Sister,
Who have always shown such goodness,
Who used to be so open-hearted
And generous;
What has happened to you?
You, who used to give to others
Above all they ever wanted
Or deserved.
And what of your faithfulness, dear brother, sister,
You, who are always so
Dependable, loyal, and trustworthy;
You, who were so filled with devotion,
Who were so loyal to your friends,
Who were so dependable
To meet all responsibility.
What has happened to you?
Please dear brother, sister
Share with me and
Let me help you carry
Whatever it is
That weighs you down.

Brother, sister
I pray to my Lord, God, Almighty
Let my gentleness and self-control
Be known by you.
Lord, God,
My blessed Savior and Lord
Make me humble and calm
And no threat
To this dearly beloved brother, sister.
I pray Father
That You will make them see,
That I love them;
That I live in harmony with Your will,
And that I live to do Your will.

Brother, sister
I implore you, I plead with you
Leave these things I see here behind;
Leave your anger and wrath,
And unforgiveness here.
Leave your bitterness, and resentment,
And your shame here.
Leave your longings, and strivings
For that which aren’t for you here.
Then give to me
And allow me to share,
And help carry
Those burdens of sadness and grief,
Those of hurt and disappointment;
Your pain and suffering
And let me share them.
Let me walk beside you
Dear brother, sister
Till we again see His light,
And He knows that
We are on the way.

From the Writings of F.B. Meyer

     There’s an old saying that goes, “People won’t care how much you know until they see how much you care.”  This reminds me of how I should express what I think and feel.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT–GENTLENESS

 

“The Lord’s servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all… forbearing.”–

 2Ti 2:24

 

IT IS not easy to cultivate this fruit of the Spirit because it has many counterfeits. Some people are naturally easy-going, devoid of energy and ambition, at heart cowardly, or in spirit mean. Many of us are characterized by a moral weakness and decrepitude that make it easy for us to yield rather than contest in the physical or intellectual arena.

 

But in gentleness there must be the consciousness of a considerable reserve of force. The gentleness of God is combined with omnipotence. The movements of creation, in which there is neither voice nor language, prove the infinite forces which are at work. When a boy is trying to lift or carry a heavy beam, as likely as not there will be a great crash when he reaches the end of his task, and puts it on the ground. His strength is so nearly exhausted that he is only too glad to get rid of his burden, anyhow, and at any cost. But if a strong man shoulders the same burden, and carries it for the same distance, he puts it down gently, because he has not taxed his strength and has plenty left.

 

It is the prerogative of great strength to be gentle. Always remember that you are linked with the Infinite God, and that all things are possible to you. There must also be infinite pity. We must be tolerant and pitiful to those who abuse us, or have been embittered by disappointment, or have been ill-used. It must be our aim to make allowances for such, and always to be sweetly reasonable towards any brusqueness, rudeness and bad manners of their behaviour. Let us be willing to admit that much is due to congenital moroseness. Therefore, we bear gently with the erring, and with those who are out of the way, because we also are encompassed with infirmity.

 

It is necessary also that there should be a deep humility. Thomas a Kempis says: “If thou wilt be borne with, bear also with another. Endeavour to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, what sort soever they be: for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne by others.” Our resentment against others should be always tempered by our remembrance of our own sins. So shall we be God’s own gentlefolk.

 

PRAYER

 

O God, our behaviour has not manifested all the fruits of the Spirit, or been full of the graciousness and gentleness of Christ. Forgive us, and enable us so to live that His beauty may be on our faces, the tone of His voice in our speech, the gentleness of His tread in our steps, the unselfishness of His deeds in our hands. AMEN.