View Calendar
19/11/2023 - 20/11/2023 All day

“…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious”         (1 Peter 3:3-4).

As he was about to leave the disciples Jesus emphasized to them to wait upon the Holy Spirit. “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” ( Acts 1:4). The Holy Spirit was to be their companion. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” ( John 14:26).

Upon recepit the Holy Spirit enabled Believers share the Gospel bringing along certain characteristics, one of which is gentleness. Writing to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul elaborated. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” ( Galatians 5: 22-23).

It is important here to reflect on the aspect of gentleness. Much as the disciples were to wade into enemy territory with the message of salvation, Christ warned, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” ( Mathew 10:14). Hence to the amazement of many the Christian faith grew being shared by meek followers of Christ, long before it was infilitrated with impostors intent on using force for conversions through crusades.

But the Holy Spirit is of a gente nature. This is why when we sin, his ways is to bring inner conviction, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” ( Acts 16:13).

The aspect of gentleness cant be overstated. As Believers it is quite clear never to use force or a particular type of militancy to win others over, because that is not the nature of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through the power of the Holy Spirit you have given us the fruit of gentleness, to enable us carry out your work, and so help me reflect that gentleness in all I do, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

Related upcoming events

  • 24/05/2024 - 25/05/2024 All day

    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

Share