The Gentleness of God

dove-2347043__480Nearly every day I hear the sound of a dove cooing outside of our window, and each time I hear it, I am reminded of when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus “like a dove” (Luke 3:21-22).  In the book of Matthew, Jesus referred to doves as “harmless” (Matthew 10:16).  So the Spirit of God took on the appearance of a harmless creature as He fell on Jesus.  God is powerful, as we see in the story of the parting of the Red Sea.  He is the Creator of all things and has dominion over all things.  As He reminds Job, He “laid the foundations of the earth” and “kept the sea inside its boundaries”  (Job 38:4, 8).  At the same time, through His Spirit, God chose to appear in the form of harmless dove at Jesus’ baptism.  I’m glad that although God Has the ability to move mountains, He also places value in the gentle, harmless way of a dove.

“You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.” – Psalm 18:35

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