gentleness

By May 25, 2013Church

Does gentleness come naturally to you?  Most likely not.  Gentleness and selfishness do not work well together.  As humans, everything about us wants to focus on self — our needs, our wants, our desires.  We protect our interests.  We look out for number one.

Selfish people are rarely gentle people.

If you are a Christ-follower, did you know you’ve been commanded to be gentle?  It’s straight from Paul’s letter to the Philippian church:

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5).

Gentleness is more than kindness, though it is hard (if not impossible) to be gentle without being kind.

Gentleness is more than a tone-of-voice, though it certainly includes the manner in which you address other people.

In the biblical sense, gentleness is a willingness to not demand your rights in a given situation.  A gentle person does not have to go around always insisting they are right — even if they are, in fact, right.  While not ignoring justice, a gentle person will see both the letter and spirit of the law.

In this way, a gentle spirit is a considerate spirit.  It considers the other person.  It considers the circumstances.  It considers the greater good.

A gentle, considerate spirit isn’t driven by a desire to be right or to win.  It is driven by a desire to honor God.

Gentleness is not a natural reflex.  It must be cultivated by prayer, the Word, and the Holy Spirit.  But it can be done.  In fact, it must be done.

Imagine what a great gift the church could give the world if individual Christ-followers took seriously the challenge to be gentle!