Our key scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 â€“ ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
So today we’re talking about gentleness. And if you’re like me, comeonyou’relikemeright?!, then the word gentleness makes you think of sweet, quiet spoken people – specifically old ladies, shy people, etc. You get the picture.
We associate gentleness with being shy or introverted.
But that’s so not the case.
Jesus was gentle.
Read Hosea 11:4 , Matthew 11:29
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1) fit, fit for use, useful
a) virtuous, good
a) mild, pleasant (as opp. to harsh, hard sharp, bitter)
b) of things: more pleasant, of people, kind, benevolent
There’s a word for you. Do you consider yourself manageable – mild, pleasant, as opposed to harsh, hard, sharp, bitter? Yikes. I really need work in that area.
I’m sure it’s just me. But I tend to be a bit on the sharp side most days. I can definitely say I’m better than I used to be (right, baby?! Hellloo…. Shannon. . . . great time for you to comment and say how much I’ve changed for the better. Ahem.).
But I’m no where near where I need to be. I want to be known for being a strong person, but I want to be known for being gentle as well. If you read this passage in the KJV, you will see the word “meekness.”
Moses was a meek man.
But he was far from a weak man.
Quite the opposite actually.
He led a million people out of Egypt.
He saw God – and it wasn’t an every day occurrence before Moses, let me tell you.
That says a lot too.
So being gentle doesn’t mean that you are a push over or a wuss (yes, I just typed wuss on my blog. I can do that sort of thing. You’re welcome.). It simply means that you have a kind heart, a gentle spirit.
I really want that.
Someone who is gentle is considered useful.
Wow. That’s a pretty big statement right there. They’re considered useful because they have a soft heart. They are pliable in the Master’s hands – willing to do whatever He needs them to at a moment’s notice.
What do you think about that? It certainly goes against my natural thought process. I imagine someone useful who is a take-charge person – someone who can make things happen. But the word gentle never comes to mind.
But again, Moses was a perfect example of someone who was that take-charge person, making things happen and yet he was meek/gentle.
I think out of all of these attributes of the fruit of the Spirit, this one really pricks me the most. I want to be gentle but I think sometimes I fear it means I’ll lose my edge, my extroverted personality. That, of course, is an ungodly belief. Surprise. Surprise.
Instead I have to believe God’s truth. That I can be pliable in His hands – I can be gentle and useful for His purpose. And that doesn’t mean I am weak.
Boy, do I have a lot to learn.