15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
We talked about gentleness on Sunday, one of the fruits of the Spirit. In many ways this prophecy describes gentleness. Jesus proclaims justice to the nations – gentleness is about treating people right and encouraging others to do so too. Gentleness can also be expressed in how we talk to others; rows, hurling abuse, name calling and disturbing the peace, these are the opposite, they are attempts to take away peace.
Spirit, help me to be gentle in in all my conversations today.