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.”
What is my attitude? How should I act? What do I think God has in store for me?
Jesus calls on us to be gentle. Gentleness is the character of love.
God’s gentleness is not always evident; God’s gentle dealings are not always appreciated. God is in a good mood. God is love! Love is kind.
Human power under human control is a half-broken weapon in the hands of a child. But gentleness places our strength under God’s guidance; it is a powerful tool for God’s kingdom.
God wants us to give Him control of our lives. Relying on our own logic, we have no impetus to submit to God’s ownership of our life. We don’t want to be His slave. With the wisdom given to us by the Holy Spirit, however, we begin to see why we should completely submit to God as Master (owner) of our life.
What does the gentleness of Jesus the Messiah look like? Jesus gave us the perfect picture of gentleness: “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey” (Matthew 21:5), and now He offers us His gentleness as a gift.
If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will be filled with fruit of gentleness.
I want that! Yes Master Jesus. Bring it on.
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.”
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.