The Gentle Battle of A Warrior’s Heart

1023188_36749750There are some things in life that just plain defy logic. We want to fight against the injustice of it all.

I’ve had one of those weeks where it felt as if all of the logical steps I took to bring out a better situation, left my hands empty.

We’ve all been there. Seeing tragedy and loss in the world around us, or even in our own back yard.

How can we battle when the fight is out of our hands?

The disciples faced this very problem with persecution in the early church. They were facing things they had no power over in their lives.

In one of Paul’s letters to the Philippians he says this:

Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. 

The Lord is near.”

The actual translation of “gentleness” is the Greek epieikeia, which carries several nuances, a few of which are:

*Mildness, patience, clemency, moderation, unwillingness to litigate or contend, etc.

*In application this word refers to the gentleness of heart in the person who trusts God to fight his battles. Trusting the Lord will fight for you.

Since the Philippian church was under persecution, Paul reminded them that their gentleness should be “evident to all.” Not just the ones they wanted to show gentleness towards.

Then Paul reminds the Philippians that the return of the Lord is near. That Jesus will right all wrongs and turn injustice around.

It isn’t easy to fight with gentleness. It doesn’t make the warrior’s battle strategies book in our minds. But it is a strategy we are sometimes to employ.

Going to spiritual battle isn’t just a battlefield of weaponry and charge. Going to spiritual battle can be in letting “our gentleness be evident to all.”

Sometimes we storm the castle and take back territory that is ours. Sometimes we fight the gentle battle of a warrior’s heart.

What verses encourage you when you need God to fight for you?

 

 

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “The Gentle Battle of A Warrior’s Heart

  1. Gabrielle Meyer says:

    When I’m in a battle I love to think about Ephesians 6:10-18 where God outfits us in His armor. I love knowing that truth, righteousness, peace, salvation and faith are all protective shields for me – if I wear them. I love knowing that when I put up my Shield of Faith, I’m able to prevent the arrows of fear, anger, disappointment, anxiety and torment, that the devil launches my way, from wounding me. But even more, I love knowing that the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is my weapon – and the only weapon I need. Just like having a gentle heart is a weapon, so are all the other attributes of God. He hasn’t left us defenseless. We’re mighty warriors in the Lord’s Army!

  2. Sometimes God wants us to stand and fight like David did Goliath, but sometimes not –This is what God spoke to Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel: He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15

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