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The Fruit of the Spirit - Gentleness

Gentle means kindly, not severe, rough, or violent. Ephesians 4:32 says 'And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.' We, as members of the body of Christ, should be showing kindness to one another. Jesus commanded us to love one another (John 15:17). The Word instructs us to show love by our actions and not just our words. 1 John 3:18 says 'My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth.' What does it mean 'in truth?' It means there are no hidden agendas but that the actions are being done from a genuine heart. The Word also says in John 13:35 'By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.' Love produces gentleness. Galatians 6:10 says 'Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.' I'll end this with Ephesians 4:29-31, where the Word says 'Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice.' Let the fruit of gentleness be evident in every word and action that you take. Every fruit that we discuss should be evident in every believer's life. A life that has made Jesus Christ LORD of their life.

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