THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS GENTLENESS

Gentleness also means meekness or sweetness. A Spirit
filled life exhibits gentleness and it is the result of the work of
the Holy Spirit in our lives and not what we could do on our
own. Roughness and violence are the opposite and such are
alien to the Holy Spirit at work in us. Meekness is not
weakness, it is strength under control. It is the character of
God at work in a man.

Gentleness is meekness. Gentleness allows us to be caring
and nurturing to others. It helps us stay calm and not escalate
problems or push people’s buttons! To build others up, by
allowing them to grow. It places the other first, it is being
selfless. We look to Jesus always who modeled ultimate
gentleness and care to us.

Meekness includes voluntarily “submitting to one another”
(Ephesians 5:21). In a long passage, Peter spoke of the
importance of submission of all kinds—Christians toward
government (1 Peter 2:13), servants toward masters (1 Peter
2:18), Christ’s example of submitting to His tormentors (1
Peter 2:21-25) and wives toward their husbands (1 Peter 3:1).
In 1Peter 3: 7, The Word encourages and exhorts husbands
to be true gentlemen and to honor their wives. The Word also
urges us in 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV). “Always be prepared to give
an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for
the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and
respect”.

Two scriptures use another Greek word that specifically
means “gentle.” One says that “a servant of the Lord must not
quarrel but be gentle [eepios] to all, able to teach, patient” (2
Timothy 2:24); And the other one beautifully shows Paul’s
great love for those in the churches he watched over: “But we
were gentle [ eepios ] among you, just as a nursing mother
cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you,
we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of
God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear
to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8).

God wants us to show the same gentleness that Christ
showed to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).
Instead of being full of pride and self-righteously casting the
first stone at a sinner, we are to follow the example of Christ,
gently telling someone to go and sin no more. This is an
example of gentleness at work in us.

Being gentle doesn’t mean that we should not be strong in
our beliefs, but it does imply that we should be wise and
loving in expressing those beliefs to others. God shows tough
love and teaches hard lessons to humans, all the while being
the very definition of gentleness.

CONFESSION – I am gentle in all things, I follow the leading
of the Spirit and not my feelings or senses. I seek to glorify
Christ in everything I do and everyone is drawn to Christ with
this glorious virtue of meekness I exhibit always.

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