The fruits of the Spirit – Gentleness

For men, one of the most difficult attributes to master is gentleness. At least in my opinion. We are taught to be protectors, soldiers for Christ, to take our sins captive. All very martial and not at all gentle sounding. We want to put on the full armor of God and fight! God takes a very different tack: gentleness.

He gives gentle instruction:

Let my teachings come down like raindrops. Let my words drip like dew, like gentle rain on grass, like showers on green plants.
Deuteronomy 32:2

A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves
Matthew 11:29

However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere.
James 3:17

He gives gentle answers:

When a gentle breeze began to blow from the south, the men thought their plan would work. They raised the anchor and sailed close to the shore of Crete.
Acts 27:13

He created us to be gentle:

As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.
Colossians 3:12

He asks us to be gentle:

Brothers and sisters, if a person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should help that person turn away from doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. At the same time watch yourself so that you also are not tempted.

Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other.
Ephesians 4:2

He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News. Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.
2 Timothy 2:25

Believers shouldn’t curse anyone or be quarrelsome, but they should be gentle and show courtesy to everyone.
Titus 3:2

He is gentle:

“Tell the people of Zion, ‘Your king is coming to you. He’s gentle, riding on a donkey, on a colt, a young pack animal.'”
Matthew 21:5

He rewards those who are gentle:

Blessed are those who are gentle. They will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5

Remember the gentleness of our Sovereign God as you go through your day. Before you correct that subordinate at work, before you correct that little one at home, before you begin a discussion with your wife, remember God’s gentleness. As He has dealt with you so you should deal with those who are under your authority and all those around you.

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