By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” Isaiah 42:1-4 NIV
Our God speaks power in a whisper. With the tenderness of a father, he came to establish justice and a new power over all the earth. This is a beautiful passage foretelling the coming of Christ, explaining that he comes not for vengeance, but for justice and hope. Many assumed that Jesus would be a warrior leader, rallying troops to restore power to the Israelites. But his intentions were more farsighted than humans could understand.
And when he came, he did not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. In the same way, we as believers must learn how to harness our tongues. Read some powerful passages about Jesus’ ministry and learn from the way he speaks. Notice he doesn’t call people names or make fun of people to get his point across. How much more would we be listened to if we followed in his footsteps, setting an example of love to those we disagree with.
Today, think about how you minister to those around you. When you see someone doing wrong, approach them with tenderness and love. Speak with conviction and compassion to all those you see today.
Prayer: Dear God, show me how to speak the truth with tenderness and love. Help me to be more like you in everything I do today. Amen.