Good and Gentle Shepherd

This week for our Encounter Bible study, we dove into John 10. Jesus declares that He is the Good Shepherd.

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15 ESV

After our small group discussion, we joined the other small groups for a lecture. One thing that stuck out to me about the Messiah as shepherd was this:

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 40:11 ESV

He will gently lead those that are with young. What a comforting thought! The Good Shepherd will not drive us. He will not beat us to go further. He will stop when we need rest. As a mom in the early years of mothering, I am glad for the fact that my Savior will lead me gently with my young; He will not give me more than I can handle (even though it seems that way at times).

I also need to be a gentle shepherd to my little flock. Sometimes I try to drive them when they need carrying. Sometimes I keep going when they need rest.

Lord, help me to be a kind, gentle shepherd, like you, to my little lambs.

How can I lead gently?


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