Happy Tuesday Saints.
Colossians 3:12 mentions clothing ourselves with “GENTLENESS.”
Many overlook the importance of gentleness because it’s perceived as weakness. But it actually takes a lot of strength, confidence, dignity, self-control, and character to be gentle with others. In other words, it takes a stronger person to be gentle with another.
Insecure, angry, bitter, impatient, and self-centred people struggle with being gentle. Their inability to empathise with those around them makes them hard and cold. Their harshness hinders them from being merciful and compassionate.
Gentleness is controlled might. From the Bible, we see that Jesus was “GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART.” He was powerful enough to create “ALL THINGS” yet gentle enough to offer rest to all who are “WEARY AND BURDENED.” He was strong AND compassionate.
In an article titled “The Strength of Gentleness,” Gary Thomas explains, “Gentleness is a strong hand with a soft touch. It is a tender, compassionate approach toward others’ weaknesses and limitations. A gentle person still speaks truth, sometimes even painful truth, but in doing so guards his tone so the truth can be well received.”
Gentleness is one of the fruits of the Spirit. And if you remain close to Jesus and stay tapped into the “TRUE VINE,” you can bear the fruit when required.
Philippians 4:5 says to “LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE EVIDENT TO ALL.” So be the stronger one today and be gentle with those around you.
God bless and lots’a love,