But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 8: Gentleness
The following is an excerpt from a December 2008 interview with Brother Andrew in the Dutch Magazine “Revival.”
“But one thing is certain,” he says, “peace won’t come from the political line in the West. Instead it’s more important to find the cause of the problem. And how do you do that? By establishing contact with people who are thinking in an isolated way and because of this are becoming further removed from normal society.
You have to talk to the Taliban, to Hamas and to Islamic Jihad. Open Doors does this. We don’t talk about politics, but about the program of the Lord Jesus. We are not serving a political ideology, but the body of Christ and the Kingdom of God. At this time, it seems as if you must choose between warring parties. We don’t do that. We put our finger on the only real problem; the problem of sin. A few years ago, a Christian psychologist said to me, ‘If we could convince the people in the psychiatric institutions that their sins are forgiven, fifty percent of them could go home.’ I think he was right. The problem is sin.
Instead, we go with the Bible and a message of hope to people who are our enemies, and resolve to love them. For this is what Jesus told us to do, ‘Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you.’ And what happens then…? Suddenly they are not your enemies anymore, but your friends.”
Over the month of August, Open Doors ministry has a special mission they are encouraging all to partake in. “During the month of Ramadan, from August 1-30, 2011, Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians living in Islamic dominated countries… praying specifically for God to fill and strengthen them with the ‘Fruit of the Spirit.’ This ‘fruit’ embodied in each believer; molds, shapes and transforms us – expressing the image of His Son. And through this image, shining through a believer, God draws people to salvation.”
I signed up for their daily prayer emails for this mission. Each day, they send an account of a Christian who is living in Islamic-dominated countries. I pray this will help us to remember to pray for those who are ministering to hearts in foreign countries with the gospel.
“Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles, training Christian leaders, developing Christian communities and ensuring prayer, presence and advocacy for these suffering believers.” (www.OpenDoorsUSA.org)