Gentleness is defined as “the quality of being kind, tender, mild-mannered” according to Oxford English Dictionary
While it may not be your tendency to move about your life gently, it is a part of your new nature. Ephesians 4:22 tells us “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation”. When God saved you, the fruits of the spirit became your nature. As a follower of Jesus, you now have the ability to live those fruits out.
How gentle are you with yourself?
Do you allow the gentle nature of God to encounter you? If you find it hard to receive God’s gentleness, ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to this new facet of the Father. He is eager for you to know Him in all His ways. Jesus wants you to experience his nearness, tender mercies, and kind spirit. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
How gentle are you with others?
Staying soft and full of love for those in our lives can be difficult. If it’s hard for you, like it can be for anyone at times, remember: this is a part of your nature. You don’t have to strive for it. Do you have an annoying coworker that feels hard to be kind to? Next time you feel these feelings arise, ask God to show you how His gentleness can make itself known even in that circumstance.
Gentleness does not take away from strength. In fact, gentleness could be understood as a kind of inner strength. One that comes from living with peace and practicing self-control. These two qualities create fertile ground for gentleness to grow and touch those around you.
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