Rev. Mat Grover
Fruit of the Spirit: Who Am I Becoming
Gentleness: Webster’s dictionary describes gentleness as meekness or mildness in manners of disposition. Although this kind of gets to the point, the Greek word in Galatians 5 (πρᾳΰτης) is better translated as a gentle strength or power with reserve.
St. Francis de Salle said, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
1 Peter 3:15-16
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander
Cultivating the fruit of Gentleness
1. Trusting the will of God
2. Having a teachable spirit
3. Having consideration of others
Gentleness is not weakness! Gentleness is being like Christ.
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.