Fruit Bearing Involves Cross Bearing Part 2: Gentleness

Ok, so when I see the word gentleness, the first image that pops into my head is a like a field with flowers and a little lamb. My name means lamb in Hebrew, so I should have this one down right?! Or no. I think gentleness is just how you deal with people. Not exactly handling life like its fragile and delicate, or like an innocent lamb in a meadow though.

Gentleness: the quality or state of being gentle; mildness of manner and disposition
Gentle: having or showing a kind and quiet nature, not harsh or violent

The first thing I thought after reading the definition of gentle was what the Bible says about women and how women are supposed to act.

Here are some verses I found to accompany this trait:

Ephesians 4:23
How are you dealing with people?

Proverbs 15:1
Watch yo tongue young lady.

Ephesians 4:15
Do everything with love.

Titus 3:2
To be a disciple, gots to show that gentleness and humility with the peoples of the world.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love=gentle.

Matthew 11:29
Jesus was gentle. We’re are striving after Christlikeness. You do the math.

Nehemiah 9:17
God was slow to anger and showed gentleness. Therefore, so should we.

God has been gentle and merciful with us, explicitly showing a kind and quiet nature, not being harsh or violent. God is God. He could literally speak us out of existence and would have a good reason to also, but does he? No. Jesus showed us what it meant to live a life of gentleness. Even on the cross, thinking of us before Him. Its all how you deal with people folks. In life there will be those “sand paper people” that just rub you the wrong way, but how many time have we rubbed God the wrong way? How are you speaking to others? How are you acting? What happens when you lose you’re cool? As a woman especially, we should be striving for this fruit. This is one of those God traits that has particularly been called out to woman to be seeking after. Gentleness is not an action or choice like self control, it should be a character trait about you, something you automatically do. I said in the last post that Jesus bore our cross. The Bible says take up your cross daily though and die to yourself to make room for Him. What harshness about you needs to be dug up, nailed to the cross and put to death so you can do life with more gentleness and get closer to the Savior of the world?

 

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