Fruit of the Spirit – GENTLENESS

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, GENTLENESS and self-control.”  Galatians 5

On a scale of 1-10, how gentle of a person would you say you are?  What would your spouse say?  What about your kids?  Your boss?  Your friends?  What kind of reputation do you have as far as GENTLENESS is concerned?

Where do you think GENTLENESS comes from?  Does it come from your past?  Your spiritual life?  Your personality/temperament or something else?

If GENTLENESS is part of the fruit of the Spirit, then it must be something we are to strive for, right?  My personality is bubbly and energized, however, if I want to be GENTLE-spirited, then I would need to look at how I interact with others on a daily basis.  I would ask if I genuinely care about how people perceive me; if I make them feel safe and valued, if I am willing to listen and empathize with them, and realize that we are all to be the extension of Jesus’ arms.  His arms are always open and inviting; not held up or pushing others away.

A definition of GENTLENESS – “kindly;  amiable; not severe, rough or violent; mild, moderate.”  I also looked up the definition of “amiable” – Having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; friendly; sociable; agreeable.”  Wow!  Does this describe you?  I ask myself the same question.

These definitions were written by human beings.  Now, let’s look at what God’s Word says about GENTLENESS…

“Let your gentleness be evident to all.”  Phil. 4:5

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy, and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, GENTLENESS and patience.”  Col. 3:12

Beginning today, let’s be aware of our responses to others, balancing criticism and praising our children, spouses, our elderly parents, our bosses and co-workers, clerks, other drivers, etc.  Let this day begin a new practice of GENTLENESS, out of obedience of God and practicing the fruit of the Spirit.

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