Much like goodness, the fruit of gentleness is a fruit that affects all others. As an old guy, I have seen people in almost every walk of life. I have noticed that people who are content in their circumstances can operate in a spirit of humility and gentleness. People that are insecure or discontented with their circumstance, usually feel a need to be louder, more flamboyant, and the center of attention.
Throughout God’s word, there is a constant call for God’s chosen to face others in difficult circumstances with a gentle heart. Often, those we face are already hurt or broken. When we come into the picture, they do not need to be raked over the coals, instead, they simply need someone to come along side and help them find their way back.
Jesus’s ministry was a series of events where He showed the gentleness of God to those who were either abandoned or shunned by the religious folks. These leaders were called to be God’s representatives; instead, they acted as our Lord’s worst adversaries.
While Jesus was busy healing the sick, raising the dead, freeing the demon oppressed and loving the unloved; the religious leaders were rolling their eyes, plotting Jesus’ demise, and never lifting a finger to help the ones in need.
Christ’s gentleness never compromised His power or authority. In fact, Jesus’ gentleness did more to show men God’s true love and nature than a host of pompous religious leaders conducting religious ceremonies with no devotion to the God they were supposed to serve.
In our culture, it is easy to blast the world’s chaotic disregard to life and God. While there is good reason to do so, as we deal with individuals, we can never forget the way Jesus faced lepers, paralytics, adulterers, and people possessed by demons. He gently healed, cleansed, and forgave their sin. Jesus never judged; instead, He always sought ways to redeem the irredeemable. Let us do the same! Let us be gentle and forthright; extending the grace God extended to us.
God Bless You
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.