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?