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The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

The Holy Spirit helps us be gentle toward others. The Bible states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, our words and actions should be gentle.


A few scriptures in the Bible that discuss gentleness include, Colossians 3:12, Proverbs 15:1, and 1 Peter 3:15.


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).


“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).


“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,” (1 Peter 3:15).


These scriptures reveal that our actions and words should be done with gentleness.


So, are you a gentle person? Are your actions and words gentle? These are a couple questions to help you ponder the use of gentleness in your own life.


The Bible states,


“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).


“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” (Matthew 11:29).


So, remember, God loves us and is gentle toward us. Therefore, when we have the Holy Spirit, He helps us show gentleness to others through our words and actions.


Prayer

Jesus, I pray that everyone who reads this devotional seeks you for gentleness. Show them Your love and gentleness. Have their actions and words be a light to the world, filled with gentleness and compassion from the Holy Spirit. We praise Your name Lord and thank You for showing Your love for us on the cross. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever, and may we seek you always. ““Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8). In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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