Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness | Short Sermon Series
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
What comes to mind when you think of gentleness?
While many may think of gentleness as weakness or passivity. True gentleness on the other hand is the opposite as it requires great strength and self-control. It comes from a state of humility, hence one who lacks gentleness is often prideful and easily angered, or even feels the need for revenge.
How do we be gentle then?
To start, we must not view ourselves as better than someone else. Instead of asserting superiority, a gentle person wants to help others. Even when they have been wronged. A gentle heart comes from having love for others, and this is shown through our thoughts, and interactions with those around us. Like how God is gentle with us, despite being the Creator of the universe, He is still gentle and loving towards us despite our sinful ways.
Next, incorporate gentleness into our lives. Through prayer, we can ask God for a spirit of gentleness and take away any feelings of self-righteousness. Ask Him to reveal ways we can show gentleness to others as to reflect Christ’s image in our daily lives.
Short Devotion adapted from “Weekly Devotional: Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness” by gcu.edu