This book will challenge you, convict you and possibly bring you to tears, as you consider how gentle Jesus is to us, and how often we fail to extend that same gentleness to others.
It is divided into two sections. The first describes the gentleness of Jesus who befriends the sinner (in us), reforms the Pharisee (in us) and disarms the cynic (in us). The second section discusses how his gentleness should change us. We must become less prone to taking offense, control our anger, receive criticism graciously, forgive completely and bless those who hurt and betray us. He uses stories and examples, some personal, others well-known, to illustrate his points.
Many of us are self-satisfied because we have avoided the “big” sins; throughout this book, the author reminds us that we are all capable of serious transgressions when the situation is right. We may not kill, but we have murderous thoughts; we may not steal, but we rob others of their good reputation through gossip; we give lip service to forgiveness while harboring grudges, and so on.
After each chapter there are discussion questions, so this book could be easily used in a small group. In fact, I think it would be an excellent choice, because it encourages change as well as understanding. Two of the questions are always the same:
- Name one thing from this chapter that troubled you, inspired you, or both. Why were you impacted in this way?
- Based on this chapter, identify one way that the Lord might be nudging you toward growth or change. What steps should you take to pursue this change?
VERDICT: 5 Stars. Biblically sound and highly recommended. It certainly comes at an opportune time, when gentleness is sadly lacking in our society.
P.S. In case you haven’t noticed, gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit, so I selected this read because of our monthly theme.
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