Let’s start with talking about Jesus, a true gentle giant! Gentleness, as portrayed by Christ, is not weakness but actually controlled strength. His life and ministry exemplified spiritual gentleness – not getting easily frazzled or offended. It’s taking a deep breath and interacting with others and the Spirit with an open heart.
When researching this fruit of the Spirit, these words were found to help define gentleness: teachable, submissive to the Lord, humble, aware, and repentant. In addition, the opposite of living out gentleness is being easily offended.
Gentleness gives such a stark contrast to our culture today as those around us almost take pride in getting offended, pursuing self-help, believing their way is right, taking charge, and only surrounding themselves with like-minded people. May we stand out as gentle and loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, and faithful. And may our message be one of remaining in the Vine, always acknowledging our fruit and strength and power come from the Lord.
As Beth Moore says, let’s leave condemnation to God and conviction to the Holy Spirit.
And as Lisa Bevere states, like the lioness, let’s be at ease with strength and at rest with power.