What does gentleness look like?
Jesus is a kind, loving King. Jesus is not angry with me. Jesus wants me to be kind and gentle. His goal for me is for me to love.
“Happy (aka Blessed) are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” ~Jesus | Source: Matthew 5:5
What sort of gentleness is it, on account of those who have it, are pronounced happy? It seems important to note that in the manifesto ‘the meek’ come between those who mourn over sin and those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. The particular form of meekness which the Messiah requires in his disciples will surely have something to do with this sequence. This meekness denotes a humble and gentle attitude to others which is determined by a true estimate of ourselves. It is comparatively easy to be honest with ourselves before God and acknowledge ourselves to be sinners in his sight. Remember the “Jesus Prayer” — “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
I have seen it way too often. Something that starts simple escalates. It turns into all out war. My drive to defend myself and “be right” creates a verbal death spiral.
Gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Jesus challenges us to a goal of being gentle with others. That is a demonstration of God’s love.
There is good news! God has given me the Holy Spirit who teaches me the way of Jesus. That is stunning in that I don’t have to depend on my own evil ways. I am a new creation in Jesus.
A gentle response defuses anger,
but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. | Proverbs 15:1 (The Message Bible)
It happens to others I know. What is my attitude? How should I act?
Jesus calls on me to be gentle. Gentleness is the character of love. Jesus shows it all the time.
I wander off. I am wayward. I drift. It happens.
It happens to others I know as well. What is my attitude? How should I act?
Isaiah 40:1–2 (NASB) — “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”