This is a ‘fruit of the Spirit’ reflecting God’s nature (Gal 5:23). Paul wrote, “By the meekness and gentleness of Christ...” (2 Cor 10:1).  David, in declaring,     “O Lord your gentleness has made me great” recognised that God’s mercy and ability enabled him to live uprightly (Ps 18:35). This is vastly different to    the world’s belief that aggression, talent and opportunities are the keys to greatness and advancement.

Gentleness is love in action, being considerate, and meeting the needs of others, as “a mother caring for her little children” (1 Thes 2:7). It is treating others how we would like to be treated (Lk 6:31).

Is this quality increasing in my life?

Paul stated, “The servant of the Lord must not strive but be gentle [kind] to all” (2 Tim 2:24).

Jesus was kind and considerate to the helpless and those seeking to enter His ‘better’ way of life but to the religious leaders who opposed the manifestation of God’s power and should have been signposts for good He was scathing (Mt 21:12,13, 23:13-33).

See also: fruit (of the Spirit), kindness, meekness.

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