I have enjoyed the journey of writing about Galatians 5:22-23. I am on gentleness: the eighth attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit. Here is a definition of gentleness from www.thefreedictionary.com: “considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.”
When I think of the word gentleness, I think of my two grandfathers. Both of these men were soft spoken and gentle, yet both were strong men that led their families, even though difficult times. If they did need to discipline my siblings and me, it was done out of love. They taught us many lessons through their gentle words and actions.
I think we tend to be gentle with babies and puppies, but what about each other? Are you gentle with your spouse, teenagers and co-workers? Do you find it difficult to extend the spirit of kindness and tenderness to others? Don’t dismay, the Holy Spirit has filled you with this quality – tap into that power. Choose to be gentle with those around you.
I’ve collected a few scriptures and quotes to help us live out gentleness:
* James 1:19, says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”. Do you live this out daily?
* “I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.” Max Lucado
* “A soft answer turns away wrath, buta harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
* “In our rough and rugged individualism, we think of gentleness as weakness,being soft and virtually spineless. Not so! Gentleness includes such enviable qualities as having strength under control, being calm and peaceful when surrounded by a heated atmosphere, emitting a soothing effect on those who may be angry or otherwise beside themselves, and possessing tact and gracious courtesy that causes others to retain their self-esteem and dignity. Instead of losing, the gentle gain. Instead of being ripped off and taken advantage of, they come out ahead!” Charles Swindoll
* “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Do you have a favorite scripture or quote about gentleness you’d like to share? Please leave them in the comment section below.