Have you ever found yourself in an argument and someone raises their voice at you? The next thing you know, oh, let’s go- IT IS ON! You have reacted to match their tone. No need to worry. There is nothing wrong with you. We all have been there.
Do know you anyone (or are you this person) who is so “menopausal” (moody) that anything can cause them to go off? Quick tempered, quick to let somebody have it, and just plain ole manipulative. These characteristics do not denote strength. Instead, they demonstrate weakness.
A gentle person is not driven by their own emotions nor do they overreact off of any and every little thing. A gentle person is not irrational, unruly, or unmanageable. The Lord talks about being gentle. It is a gift that is a rarity these days. What is interesting is that the word of God says if you have God’s Spirit, gentleness is actually proof or fruit or is one of the results of demonstrating that The Holy Spirit does govern your life. So the interesting piece is that gentleness has become so rare and yet there are so many who profess to be led BY the Spirit of God. 😳
“gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:23 NLT
Gentleness means to have strength while remaining in control. In other words, you’re able to handle your own emotions. You understand what you’re capable of doing, but you remain calm and you can maintain a quiet nature when everything around you is chaotic.
Gentleness requires humility, because along with pride and feelings of superiority come rough reactions and stubborn, know-it-all answers.
Do you know what just blows my mind? God has all the power in the universe, yet He is gentle with us, and He wants us to learn to be like Him as well. Do you recall the instance in the Bible when the woman was caught in the very act of adultery and was brought to Jesus for her sentencing (John 8:1-12)? He didn’t condemn her to death as the church folk wanted. He was gentle with her and His gentleness saved her because Jesus told the others, (I’m paraphrasing): “Well since you came out the womb all holy, and never did wrong, throw the first stone.”
What does your gentleness do? As you progress through your day, think on these questions:
1. Was I gentle in the situations I faced today or over the weekend? If not, why?
2. Do I demonstrate the same gentleness to others that Jesus does to me every day?
3. Do I gently encourage people to “sin no more”? Or do I self-righteously cast the first stone?
Being gentle is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of wisdom.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 NLT