But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)
The sphere of influence which gentleness displays is spirit-led and incredibly impactful. We are called to express this attribute through: 1.) How we walk. 2.) How we express ourselves to others. 3.) How we correct those who are in opposition. 4.) How we defuse a matter with another person. 5.) How we deal with a brother or sister who is in sin.
One such quality that derives from the Holy Spirit’s work in a believer’s life is that of gentleness. This particular attribute carries much influence in mirroring our Lord Jesus while expressing its effectiveness daily. I do not remember a time, when leaving the presence of an individual who displayed gentleness, remaining unaffected.
Through Gentleness, we are implored to walk in this way: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Through Gentleness we are to express ourselves to others: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5)
Through Gentleness we are to correct those who are in opposition: “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
Through Gentleness we are to diffuse a matter with another person: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
Through Gentleness we are to deal with a brother or a sister who are in sin: “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)
Gentleness is the result of the Holy Spirit’s Work in our lives.
The Holy Spirit works in the heart of man to create an attitude of gentleness. In surrendering to His control in the process of such a production, we must make a decision to put it on as a garment of obedience, daily. For in “doing life” with others, gentleness will always reflect Jesus’ heart, while our flesh will reflect our own sinful desires.
About the Writer:
Shea is the mother of two and nana of five and enjoys both roles tremendously. She also loves the opportunity to serve through ministry and share through speaking and blogging. A member of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Shea serves with the church’s First Impressions ministry and teaches the Strong & Courageous Sunday School class for single moms. She also speaks to women’s groups, assists with biblical counseling when opportunities arise and is constantly working to develop women’s Bible studies. Shea received her bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi; her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and is currently working on her D.Ed.Min in Family Ministry.