by Ed Rowell

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From Aggressiveness to Gentleness (8 of 9)
Series: Extreme Makeover
Ed Rowell
Matthew 11:28-30

A woman was being tailgated by a stressed-out man on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of her. She did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though she could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating man hit the roof and the horn, screaming in frustration as he missed her chance to get through the intersection on her bumper. As he was still in mid-rant, he heard a tap on the window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered him to exit the car with his hands up. He was searched, handcuffed, and placed in the back seat of the patrol car.

After almost thirty minutes of interaction on his radio and in car computer, the officer let the man out and released him. He said, ''I'm very sorry for this mistake. I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the lady in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do?' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Fish emblem on the trunk. So naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.''

The significant gap between the behavior and attitude of the Savior, and the behavior and attitudes of the saved are the reason for our series, Extreme Makeover.

Galatians 5:22 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness...''

Gentleness, sometimes translated meekness or humility, is a dramatic contrast to the aggressiveness with which we engage our world. Some of you may remember back to a book that came out in 1977 entitled ''Looking out for Number One.'' It has been a best-selling book now for over 25 years. Author Robert Ringer articulated what has become the predominant worldview of our time-se ...

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