by Rick Warren — May 6, 2023
From The Keys to a Blessed Life
“Pursue what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”
1 Timothy 6:11 (GW)
Do you want to be attractive? You might say you don’t care about being good-looking—but attractiveness goes much deeper than the skin. Someone who’s attractive is appealing to other people on the inside as much as the outside.
The Bible says that, if you want to be more attractive, you need to learn to be gentle: “Pursue what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11 GW).
Gentleness is strength under control. It’s one of the marks of someone who follows Jesus. And gentleness makes you more attractive to the people around you.
The Bible tells the story of Ruth and Boaz, two gentle people who were attracted to each other and ended up changing the world together.
Boaz was a successful farmer. One day he saw strangers out in his field taking what was left after his workers had harvested. This wasn’t unusual; it was common for the poor to find food that way.
But he noticed in particular a young woman named Ruth. She was poor because her husband had died, leaving her with very little. Her mother-in-law also was a widow, and Ruth had decided to stay with Naomi to care for her. Why did Ruth do that? Because she was gentle; she had strength under control. When Boaz saw Ruth in his field, he could have demanded she leave. Instead, he allowed her to continue picking from his field and even commended her for caring for her mother-in-law.
Ruth responded by saying, “You are very kind to me, sir. You have made me feel better by speaking gently to me” (Ruth 2:13-14 GNT).
Eventually, Boaz invited Ruth to share a meal with him. She ate until she was satisfied, and then he gave her more food to take home. He was kind; he was gentle. He was a powerful man and chose to keep that strength under control and use it to care for other people.
Boaz and Ruth married, and their great-grandson was King David. And it was through King David’s line that Jesus eventually was born.
Are you attractive to other people? Do you have a gentleness that makes other people want to be around you, like Ruth and Boaz?
If not, you can change that today by intentionally pursuing the things God approves of—starting with gentleness!