But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
A few days ago we talked about kindness and quite honestly, I always tend to group gentleness and kindness together! For my King James Version readers out there the word meekness is used instead of gentleness.
So what comes to your mind when you hear the word gentleness/ meekness? I always think of someone who has a soft voice and is quick to help but never noticed. Let’s be honest- that takes A LOT of humility. It’s not natural to just fade into the background.
According to Bible Study Tools, gentleness is “sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior.” It is also “founded on strength and prompted by love.”
I believe there is a lot of truth to that. It takes a special kind of strength to put others and their needs before our own and it takes love to do it.
Perhaps the greatest description of gentleness was the humble way He came into this world, The King of Kings, and his gentle cries pierced the night as creation rejoiced over their Creator.
In fact, the greatest example of gentleness is Jesus himself who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your weary souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
So if you are like me and tend to group kindness and gentleness together, I pray this opened your eyes.
Maybe you have always seen this fruit and thought of it as being a sign of weakness when in fact it shows great strength. Gentleness is something that can always be shared. Besides, life is hard enough. We don’t need to waste that time being hard on ourselves and each other.