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Gentle at Heart

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:29 NLT

gentle at heartWe can read daily headlines and see news of shock, horror, disbelief, disease, wars, disaster, or calamity—man-made and natural. How we seek to escape from the trauma and dire circumstances of life.

The harshness of this world is a stark contrast to the life of our Lord Jesus, who was so gentle at heart in words and demeanor. At all times, He was a gentle man who was tender and sensitive to the pain and suffering of the people He met. Jesus grieved deeply for their sufferings and often mended their bodies and spirits on the spot.

The Lord bids us to come to Him. He will carry our burdens, whether they are internal or external. A yoked pair of oxen can carry tremendous loads. When we yoke with Jesus, He will do the heavy lifting.

Jesus promises us rest and peace. The Lord offers a gentle way of life as we remain centered in Him. A well-rested body, mind, and spirit will experience peace.

But we must choose to lay down our burdens of fear, trembling, and stress. God is with us every step of the journey and will teach us to trust in Him if we allow Him.

Rather than turning our attention to the most shocking news of the day, we can choose the gentler way of following Jesus. Even when storms rage, He takes us by the hand and leads us safely through. On the other side of the storm, we live victoriously and enjoy a gentler way of life as God intended. My shoulders feel lighter already.

How can you have a gentler heart and life?  

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Karen Huffaker

Karen Huffaker is now a breakthrough freelance Christian writer after working many years writing and editing in the corporate/legal world. She has taught children’s Sunday school and single mom’s Bible studies and written poetry. She is from the deep South and loves reading Christian books, devotionals, genealogy adventures, fishing, and all things family. She is also passionate about her grandchildren’s sporting events.