I Want to be Gentle Not a Doormat

Heavenly Father I praise You for giving us lessons in Your Scripture to open our eyes on how You expect us to live.  I praise You that You have patience and grace towards me because I am not a finished product but a work in progress.  I praise You that You have given me the platform to teach others as I learn to walk in Your Spirit. 

Holy Spirit help me to learn the true nuances of how to be gentle.  Help me to be respectful and focused on You so that I am not troubled or stressed by those who intend to harm me either physically or mentally.  Help me demonstrate gentleness when I am in a hostile situation that requires me to be steady and calm.  Help me to realize being gentle does not mean I have no back bone, but that I am growing in wisdom to know when to push back and when to be like a duck and let the insults roll of me like water.

Holy Spirit help me to learn wisdom on how to motivate new Christians in learning more about You without putting my own agendas, knowledge or pride into the process.  Help me to let them grow with minimal interference so that they can personalize You in their lives.  Teach me the patience to respond with gentleness so that my words do not come across as a threat of mean.  Help me to take the time to choose the right words to speak with the right attitude portrayed.  Let be a mentor to people not an antagonist. 

Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given to me all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of God who has called me to His own glory and excellence, by which He has given to me exceedingly great and precious promises, so that through these things I might become a partaker of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.  For this reason help me to make every effort to add virtue to my faith; and to my virtue, knowledge, and to my knowledge, self-control; and to my self-control, patient endurance; and to my patient endurance, godliness; and to my godliness, brotherly kindness; and to my brotherly kindness love.  For if all of these reside in me and abound, they will ensure that I will neither be useless nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord. Help me to diligently make my calling and election sure so that when I add all of these areas into my life I will not stumble and will be able to enter into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which will be abundantly provided for me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 2 Peter 1:3-11 MEV version