The title of this blog, Gentle Wisdom, comes from a prophetic word, or perhaps a word of knowledge or wisdom, given to me at the Soul Survivor camp which I attended in August 2007 (and which I write more about here). The person praying for me, who didn’t know me at all, spoke the words “gentle wisdom” and suggested that showing this was God’s calling for me. I accepted this as confirmation of how I already felt God was leading me, and I also realised that it would make a good blog title.
The difficulty for me is how to live up to this new title. I know that I have not always been gentle and not always wise in what I have written on this blog in the past. But I know that wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit and gentleness is one of his fruits. And the wisdom I want to show is not the wisdom of this world which God has made foolish, but the wisdom of God even when it is foolishness to humankind (1 Corinthians 1:20-25). This “wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy” (James 3:17, NRSV). So I pray that God may give me through the Holy Spirit this divine wisdom and the ability to express it in gentleness.
If any of you my readers feel that I am not being gentle or not being wise in anything which I write here, please let me know, in comments or privately to peter AT gentlewisdom DOT org DOT uk. I say this because I need to remain properly accountable.
The following is what I wrote before, when this blog was called Speaker of Truth (July 2005 to August 2007):
I chose to call this blog “Speaker of Truth” because I believe that God has called me to speak the truth about him to the whole world on the Internet. The name is taken from these lines from the song “History Maker” by Martin Smith:
I’m gonna be a history maker in this land.
I’m gonna be a speaker of truth to all mankind.
(Sorry about the word “mankind”, I would have chosen a more gender neutral word, but I didn’t write the song.)
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Peter Kirk, Woodstock, VA, USA