The Fruits of the Spirit Series: Gentleness II
Bible Nugget 0502 [Galatians 5:22-23]
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
- Love, Joy and Peace
- Longsuffering, gentleness and goodness
- Faith, Meekness and Temperance
Putting on Gentleness, God’s Character:
Gentleness is part of God’s character. He deals with the tender hearted with his spirit of kindness. We will see this when we look at the life of Abraham. Abraham had a tender heart, a kind heart towards his brother Lot. So was David towards King Saul even though Saul wanted him dead. When David had opportunity to revenge, this is what he said in 1 Samuel 24:6
6And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
David loved him and was especially very good friend with Saul’s son Jonathan.
Because God is gentle, we enjoy his benevolence. In acknowledging the help from God in promoting him from obscurity to greatness, David said it was due to God’s gentleness to him.
2 Sam 22:33-36
33God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
34He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
35He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Jesus was gentle. He showed compassion in ministering to the needy, we must manifest this Godly character to others, to believers and also to unbelievers if the world is to listen to us – the message or good news of the gospel. The world, indeed the whole creation, is travailing in pain waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God
Colossians 3:12-14 [NIV]
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
These are garments of righteousness to put on to make us become like Christ everyday, because as the Apostle Paul said, I die daily. One of the cloths to put on to become more like Christ is gentleness. God is not coming to put it on for you. It is a command from God. Put on….. Gentleness (being tenderhearted or mild is a garment to put on, cloth your spirit man with it)
Jesus our Perfect Example
Jesus in Matt 11:29 says:
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
There is a song that goes like this. Sing it of you know it. The words are very meaningful.
“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity,
Oh, Thou Spirit Divine, all my nature refine,
‘Til the beauty of Jesus is seen in me,”
All his wonderful passion and purity needs to be in your life and my life for us to be gentle. No two ways about it. Put on more of Jesus and you become gentler.
Pray the following prayers aggressively:
1. O God, fill my heart with your Holy Spirit. Fill me with Love and the fine characters of humility, meekness (gentleness) in Jesus Name.
2. Oh Lord, let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. Refine all my nature and purity in the name of Jesus.
3. Strife will not rub me of my eternal blessings. I bind the spirit of strife with myself, my family and loved ones, and in the church of God.
4.Lord make me a blessing to my generation. I will be a nurse in the household of God to men and women who do not know the truth in JN. Amen.
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