Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit.
Our obedience to God's commands results, little by little, in outwardly change. The Holy Spirit works within each of us, as believers, to help us grow and mature as Christians. The more we grow, the more the Spirit's fruit ripens, and the more we become like Christ.
How would you describe Jesus?
One of the first images and thoughts that comes to mind is gentle. Jesus was gentle. He was tough when he needed to be, but His persona, his conduct, and His character reflected an overwhelming gentleness. Often when His disciples were quick to anger or impatience, Jesus gently rebuked them and showed by His actions a supreme gentleness.
Remember when the people brought their little children to see Jesus? The disciples rebuked the parents. Jesus rebuked the disciples. "And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them."
- Mark 10:16
The more we show gentleness, the more we reflect the light of Christ.
A gentle response to another's angry words can instantly calm a situation. Instead of escalating an argument with a like-kind response, gentleness can defuse a fight and change both people, helping them learn to be more understanding, more patient, and more gentle with each other.
"A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger."
- Proverbs 15:1
Paul urged early believers to be humble, gentle, and patient with each other. Gentleness goes hand in hand with righteousness, faith, and love. - Ephesians 4:2; 1 Timothy 6:11
Peter did likewise. He wisely noted that real beauty comes from within, the "inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." - 1 Peter 3:4
Peter also noted that gentleness is a hallmark of the disciplined Christian. It renders shameful the slander of non-believers who speak maliciously of the good behavior of Christians. Non-believers love to point out the hypocrisy of those who profess to be Christians but live and act just like anyone else - no difference. Being firm in our convictions, but gentle and respectful, destroys non-believers' ammunition. Peter tells us to walk the talk, in essence, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in our actions, not just words.
- 1 Peter 3:15-16
When we draw near to God, gentleness is a byproduct. When we trust God, are thankful for our blessings, and talk to God through prayer, our anxieties diminish, our sense of peace increases, and a spirit of gentleness and calm infuses our souls. This is what Paul told the Philippians, and how true it is.
- Philippians 4:4-7
Remember, as Christians, we are God's chosen people "holy and dearly loved," and therefore, we should always clothe ourselves "with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
- Colossians 3:12
Let our fruit of gentleness be ever present, ever growing, and everlasting, for the glory of God and Christ Jesus.
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