Having the traits of kindness, being tender-hearted or mild-mannered = gentleness.
How important is this particular seed of the Fruit of the [Holy] Spirit?
To answer this question, let us consider all that God has done, continues to do and will do for us.
I am sure that you’ll agree that gentleness is the very epitome of who God is.
So what better way to evince the indwelling of God’s Spirit than to reflect His gentleness?
Paul encourages us:
“Let your gentleness be evident to all…” Phillipians 4:5 NIV
“Therefore as God’s chosen people…clothe yourselves with…gentleness…” Colossians 3:12
One of the ways in which we can convey gentleness is by the way we speak:
We are reminded that, “A gentle answer turns away wrath…” Proverbs 15:1
“Let your conversation be always full of grace…” Colossians 4:6
Every time we open our mouths, we make a choice. We can bring healing or hurt to the person listening; a blessing or blight on the situation at hand.
The wisest man who ever lived reminds us that, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
Being gentle may not be popular in this dog-eat-dog world in which we live.
But we must decide as Christians what we wish to portray to those looking at us.
I pray that people will see the Spirit of a gentle God in us in 2019.
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