Why are we challenged to be gentle?
Gentleness is an expression of compassion, seen in God’s dealings with the frail and weak, and expected of believers in our dealings with others. I need more gentleness in my life. I need to banish harshness and impatience.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. | Galatians 5:22
Gentleness is a mark and a part of the character of a follower of Jesus. We know from Galatians 5:22 that gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. How do others know I am following Jesus? They see my gentleness. Jesus himself, in His Manifesto, said “Happy are those who are gentle (meek) for they will inherit the earth.”
The Greek word is πραΰτης praëtēs, prah-oo´-tace meaning mildness, humility or meekness. Jesus himself said we would be happy if we are gentle (meek). The benefit is we will inherit the earth.
Gentleness — In showing consideration to all
Yikes! I need some help here. I want to be gentle but sometimes I am clearly not. I can be harsh, perhaps even cruel. This is not the way of Jesus. This is not showing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
I am growing but I am not there yet. Seeing growth, however, gives me hope. God is good and he is patient in showing me how to be good (gentle) as well. And so, I change my mind (aka repent). I am seeing things differently. That is a God-thing.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4 (NASB)
- Titus 3:1–2 (NASB) — Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
- Ephesians 4:32 (NASB) — Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in the Messiah also has forgiven you.
- Philippians 4:5 (NASB) — Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
There is good news. Jesus has given me the Holy Spirit. I will produce fruit and become gentle. I see the light! I change my mind!
May I have a gentle spirit!
May it be known to all!
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