Bible Lesson of the Week: Practicing Gentleness

This month in Bible enrichment class, we are starting a new unit talking about gentleness.  Our focus this week is specifically on Jesus’ mother Mary and how she showed gentleness to her son.

In Luke 1, Mary finds out that she is going to have a very special child that will be like no other child born into the world.  An angel tells Mary that she will give birth to a son that will be called Jesus.  He will be the Son of the Most High and rule over all the people on Earth and his kingdom will never end.
At this point Mary was very confused and began to ask questions.  She asked the angel, “How will this be, for I am a virgin?”  The angel responds by saying, “The Holy Spirit will come on you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” 

Most theologians estimate that Mary was a very young woman at this point in her life and would have been very surprised to find out that she was going to have a child.  Her reaction could have been one of anger and fear at finding out that she would be responsible for such an important baby as a very young woman, but instead she praised God for blessing her with this baby.

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name,” she says. 

Our hope this week is that our kids understand that no matter what kind of situation they are in, their response can be one of gentleness and praise to God for how he is going to work through that situation.

Spiritual Resources:

Luke 1:39-56
Luke 2:1-20