• Jack Selcher

Gentleness -- Not What You Think

Gentleness is strength plus courage plus restraint. It is not weakness, spineless submission or putting oneself down. No task is too lowly for gentle people. They are like an Olympic weightlifter who cleans toilets or a plow horse responsive to a farmer’s guidance. Their strength is under control, like an elephant’s trunk which can rip branches from trees yet pick up a single blade of grass.

Gentle Christians are yielded, teachable and responsive to God. They are humble, respectful, and polite toward others, not angry, vengeful, and self-glorying. They allow gentle and humble Jesus to live through them and remain securely connected to Him (Matthew 11:29, John 15:5).

Staying connected to Him is vital. Plants rooted in fertile, well-watered soil produce much fruit. Staying connected to Jesus results in much fruit that will remain. Gentleness is among them (Galatians 5:22-23). When believers allow Jesus to live His gentle life through them, their words and actions bring blessing to others instead of pain.

Paul appeals to us by the gentleness and sweet reasonableness of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:1). In Galatians 6:1 he tells us to gently restore those trapped in sin. He adds that a life worthy of our calling is completely humble and gentle (Ephesians 4:2). He tells us to show humble gentleness toward everyone (Titus 3:2) and control our feelings while being always ready to help the needy. James teaches us that humble gentleness flows from the spring of wisdom (James 3:13). Peter challenges us to be prepared to give the reason for our hope with gentleness & respect (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Gentle believers care for and nurture others. They stay calm and do not push peoples’ buttons. They build others up and offer a listening ear when people need to talk. So, are you a gentle Christian or, like me, still on the way? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #gentleness

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