Gentleness of Heart
Acts 16:13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled. 14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.
YLT 2 Cor 6:11 Our mouth hath been open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart hath been enlarged! 12 ye are not straitened in us, and ye are straitened in your [own] bowels, 13 and [as] a recompense of the same kind, (as to children I say [it],) be ye enlarged–also ye!
STRAITENED MEANS: TO HEM IN, TO RESTRICT, CONFINE, “CHOKED”
Doddridge Trans 19 “I wish you more enlarged apprehension of it (the love of Christ), that so you may be filled with all the fullness of God, that your EXPANDED HEARTS, being DILATED more and more, may be rendered CAPABLE OF ADMITTING LARGER DEGREES THAN EVER OF DIVINE LOVE, and more ample indwellings of divine consolation, till at length ye arrive at that happy state in which ye shall attain to a full perfection in the knowledge and ENJOYENT OF GOD…
WNT 2 Cor 6:11 O Corinthians, our lips are unsealed to you: our heart is expanded. 12 There is no narrowness in our love to you: the narrowness is in your own feelings (INSIDES). 13 And in just requital–I speak as to my children–let your hearts expand also.
MAIN CHARACHTERISTICS OF A RESTRICTED HEART:
FEARFULLNESS, SELFISHNES AND HARDNESS
MSG 2 Cor 6:11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. 12 We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you.
MSG 2 Cor 6:11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. 12 We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!
LIVING NARROW WILL KEEP YOU BROKE, SICK, AND BLAMING EVERYBODY ELSE…
1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
MSG God gave Solomon wisdom—the deepest of understanding and the largest of hearts.
2 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN LEARN IS WHAT TO RESIST AND WHAT TO YIELD TO.
WHAT DO WE YIELD TO THAT ALLOWS US TO EXPAND AND ENLARGE?
Psalm 18:35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.
36 You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.
A WORD CONNECTED TO THAT ENLARGEMENT; GENTLENESS
JESUS SAID, “Come and learn of me. For I am meek and lowly of heart”
NAS Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart