Fruit of Gentleness

The Soaring Eagle


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness.”

(Galatians 5:22-23)

Gentleness must never be confused with weakness. True gentleness comes from an inner strength. It is at its best when it grows out of the true knowledge of being loved by God and no longer having to strive for recognition. It is a truly blessed quality,

“the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

Gentleness is not arrogant, proud or self-seeking. It does not lash out in anger or retaliation. It is considerate and caring. It sees the fragility in others and looks to comfort and heal. There are many examples of the gentleness in Jesus, who was also quite capable of challenging others and of being demonstrably angry at times. He rode into Jerusalem not as a proud conqueror…

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