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Gentleness

Gentleness
in the Greek is called
prautes
and in Latin,
modestie
.
The definition of gentleness is ‘power under control’ and
illustrated by a powerful animal with its power completely under
control . (Melvin Newland –
http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/gentleness–fruit-of-the-spirit-melvin-newland-sermon-on-christian-love-32682.asp)
Melvin Newland aptly summarizes the meaning of gentleness as our
power, anger, emotions under God’s control.
When
we see a baby, we see innocence that calls out in gentleness as we
contemplate the wonderment of the heights this child, this gift from
God, will experience and it brings us joy. What does this gift from
God signify? A facet of the character, the essence of God.
Gentleness
does not dwell in a vacuum, but pulls our love, joy, peace, kindness
and goodness from the depths of our heart. From this bundle of joy
we learn patience and self-control. The same Jehovah Jireh who
created all of us, created the love of beauty deep in our souls.
We
see it in His Creation. Why is it that a waterfall gives us peace?
Is it any wonder that a brilliant sunset brings ah’ and oh’s? That a
bouquet of flowers or a rainbow brings joy? That the 23rd
Psalm rests our soul?

The
Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green
pastures, 
he
leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me
along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
Gentleness
is an attitude of kindness. The custom in Jesus’ time on earth
included removing the sandals from the dusty feet of the traveler.
The story in John 12 of Mary pouring nard on the feet of Jesus and
wiping his feet with her hair, speaks of adoration and gentleness.
When someone gives to another with a gentle attitude, it means
walking in the ‘sandals’ of another person. In this day of thinking
of self first, the message for us is clear. Think of others first.
The life of Christ was spent here on earth thinking about us. He
gave up His life on the cross for us. Now that is love.
When
I see parents teach their children the ‘attitude for others’ with “Yes, Ma’am”, “Please”, “Thank You”, I see parents who are teaching respect
and concern for others which becomes a pathway to thinking of others.
The
synonyms of gentleness include meekness – God’s strength is needed
to be truly gentle and meek. Jerry Bridges said, There is nothing
so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Sixty-one years ago, my life shifted because I saw the gentleness in
the raw cowboy/rancher when he saw that two little boys needed winter
coats, and bought them for them. I saw kindness, goodness and
generosity in this man who would become my husband and the father of
our four children. Now I see these same qualities of giving, a quiet
strength and love in our children.
Philippians
4:5 – Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Colossians
3:12 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience.
I
Timothy 6:11 – But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
Gentleness,
a jewel in the soul of one who dwells comfortably in the love and
gentleness of God. One of my favorite descriptions of God is when
Elijah waits for God, as we all wait for God in our lives.
The
Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the
Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful
wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the
Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an
earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the
earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after
the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his
cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” I
Kings 19:11-13
This
quality of gentleness comes through communion with God. It isn’t an
instant formula, a pill that we take in this World of Now. It
comes from the heeding the call in our hearts to learn of the majesty
of the one and only God. It comes through believing and trusting.
Gentleness comes through God’s wisdom gained through prayer. It is
an unending searching with heart-felt longing for the nuggets of
heavenly gold in the gravel of the world.
In
today’s world when the commodity of truth becomes many things and is
for sale, we search for gentleness in the world. Words are covered
with hidden barbs and untruths and cynicalness sows the seed of
distrust. That is when we turn to The Example of Jesus. Jesus knew
who He was, but He was gentle and humble. We must know Whose we are
and humbly follow His leading. The awareness of Jesus and His power
enabled Him to be gentle to those in need.
(http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/top/fruit8_gentleness.cfm)
As
I look out the window just now, I watch the Spring snow fall gently
onto the thirsty earth. Even so, I pray that God’s love falls gently
and surely on my soul as we move toward His Forever. And ever!

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