Wisdom From The Animals: Day 24
Moose are part of the deer family. They are solitary, gentle creatures who are rarely provoked into agressive behavior. Mostly, they graze, swim, and wander. We spotted this cow and her calf in Alaska.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23
Gentleness is a quality often undervalued in our society but one that is needed. In Greek, the original language of this passage, the word is praotes. The word is sometimes translated into English as meekness but that word does not convey the spirit of the Greek. Aristotle defined the word as the mid-point between being too angry and never being angry. Praotes, therefore, could be described as passion under control. According to these verses above, a person displaying the fruit of gentleness would be under the Spirit’s control. I can become quite passionate about wrongs, injustices, or sufferings that I see or experience. I want to show gentleness in the right way. I want to be angry at the right time but not angry at the wrong time. I want to display the passion of gentleness when I see others’ wronged but bear no anger against personal insults. I would like to display the gentle spirit of the moose.
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