Gentleness (Week 8)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22
Greetings fellow sojourners! You are Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed!
You have probably witnessed the attribute of gentleness in others but have you given much thought to the concept that gentleness originates from God whether or not a person chooses to acknowledge Him? Genesis 1:27 tells us, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” God IS gentle and when we manifest this fruit of gentleness we are able to do so because He created us to do so.
When we became believers of Jesus Christ, God gave us His Spirit. When we yield our lives to Him we are able to demonstrate this fruit the Bible calls gentleness. Gentleness evinces itself as a mild temperament or behavior. Some synonyms of gentleness are kind, tender, sympathetic, considerate, understanding, compassionate, benevolent, and good-natured. Someone demonstrating gentleness would be moderate in their actions; not being harsh or severe.
I have gathered together Scripture references for ‘gentleness’ and included them below. These references will give us examples of when and how gentleness should come forth in our circumstances.
“What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?” 1 Corinthians 4:21
Paul is asking what the will is of the people of Corinth. Did they desire paternal discipline or loving gentleness? Either way, it would be for their good. If someone is repentant always come to them with loving gentleness.
“Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ — I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent.” 2 Corinthians 10:1
We should at all times desire to imitate and exhibit the gentleness of Christ.
“Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
If someone falls into sin the ones under the influences of the Spirit should spiritually restore the person in a gentle manner. Gentleness should always be the first response and only if not received, should discipline be the answer.
“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting, one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Gentleness is an excellent disposition of the soul and does not provoke others, nor is it easily provoked or offended.
“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13
Sweet thing, imagine clothing yourself in gentleness. Don’t imagine it to be a behavior you exhibit when convenient but imagine it something you are wrapped in. It is one of the Lord’s attributes, therefore, it IS powerful.
“But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
Just as you would run from sin pursue gentleness with the same vigor.
“The Lord’s slave must not quarrel but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
We are instructed to be gentle not only to those belonging to the brotherhood of Christ but even to the lost. All should see and learn how lovely and desirable it is to be a Christian. Perhaps through your gentleness, it will bring someone to their senses.
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.” Titus 3:1-2
Are you always ready to be gentle? looking for an opportunity?
“Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness.” James 3:13
Gentleness demonstrates someone that walks in wisdom.
“Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.” 1 Peter 3:15b-16
Instruct others not in arrogance or in frustration but with gentleness. Let’s be mindful that we indeed are far from perfect. When our mistakes are witnessed by others the fruit of our gentle behavior will aid in approving our Christian life to accusers.
Thank you Lord Jesus for YOUR gift of gentleness made manifest in me. Help me to become so acutely aware of your gentleness towards me that I am compelled to have gentleness towards others. In Jesus name, I ask and believe.
(Review the post dated Oct. 24th regarding the weekly schedule for the Fruit of the Spirit. (Thursday we fast and pray. Friday consider what the Lord reveals to you and repent as the Spirit leads. Saturday, manifest/be aware of God’s gift of gentleness in you at least once, Sunday at least twice, and Monday at least three times.)
In His grace,