Psalm 1:3 ’He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season…’

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22.

This precious fruit is a very major characteristic of God’s Spirit. Like all the other workings of the Spirit in the life of the believer, this fruit shows forth the very nature of the Lord. You see, the Lord is gentle and hardly visits anyone or anywhere uninvited. He doesn’t force Himself on people, He doesn’t push His will on people and He doesn’t struggle for recognition or applause. The Lord possesses a kind and quiet nature, and He doesn’t deal with His creation harshly or violently. Even though He has all the power of heaven at His disposal, yet He will not use it to impress anyone, neither will He use it to destroy His creation, especially the human race. He uses His power to save, to deliver, to heal, to provide and to help those who are oppressed by the wicked one. (See Matthew 28:18-20) He is a wonderful Lord and He really cares about His creation. When you care about someone or something, you are always protective of them, right? Violence can not be found in Him, disobedience and stubbornness have no place in Him.

‘He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench.’ – Isaiah 42:2,3.

This is one of His attributes that He wants all His children to show to the world. You also need to understand that gentleness is not weakness or helplessness. All power in heaven and on earth is in the hands of the Lord and that He is very strong, but His gentleness constrains Him from using that power to hurt or destroy. Remember how He rubbed the devil’s nose in the dust and defeated in 3 days he who had been oppressing mankind for thousands of years? (See Colossians 2:15)

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;”>Gentleness (praotes)

The Greek word for gentleness, praotes, means to be meek and quiet. It implies the quality of being harmless to people. The opposite of gentleness is harshness or violence. We know that harsh and violent people are under the influence of the devil or their fleshly nature. But for the sons of light, the very nature of Christ is what we are to put on like a garment.

‘Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ…’ – 2 Corinthians 10:1.
Now, the gentleness of Christ is only in relation to His innocent creation and especially to humanity; He is not gentle with the devil or the works of darkness and sin! He does not tolerate sin, sorcery, witchcraft and the likes.
His gentleness is toward you & me. He loves His creation more tenderly than a mother loves her new baby!

‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ – Matthew 11:29

Conformity to the nature of the Lord is a great adventure to embark on. He wants you to show His gentleness to the people around you, whether they like you or not. He doesn’t want you to fight people, hate people or do bad things to hurt them. He invites you to learn gentleness from Him, which is one of the reasons why He put His Spirit within your heart, knowing that no man can be truly gentle without the help of the Holy Spirit.

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Walking in the Spirit

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:25

A truly spiritual man is of necessity a gentle man. A man who is noisy, harsh and violent is evidently a man who has chosen to walk according to the dictates of the flesh. That is not the will of God for you or any of His children. He wants you to be spiritual, so that you can also help other people.

‘Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…’ – Galatians 6:1
There are many benefits of developing this fruit in your life. Some of them are listed below:

  • It will enhance your ability to hear the voice of the Lord in your heart.
  • It will help you to be wiser in making decisions.
  • It will help you to be more yielded to the Lord.
  • It will help your discernment to be heightened.
  • It will help you treat other people respectfully.
  • It will help your emotions to be more stable than that of the natural man.
  • It will help you relate more easily to peoples’ weaknesses, struggles and troubles.

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Engaging the wisdom of God to bear the fruit of faithfulness.

‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ – Matthew 11:29

  1. Thank the Lord for being so gentle with you in spite of your mistakes. You see, humans are prone to mistakes and errors every now and then. There have been times you erred, and He did not punish you or scream at you for it. You need to thank Him for this.
  2. Ask the Lord in prayer to teach and help you to be gentle with other people. There is inexhaustible grace with God to accomplish and be all that He wants in your life. If you ask Him, He surely will help you.
  3. Remember that a gentle spirit is beautiful in God’s sight. Be conscious of this and deliberately exercise yourself toward being gentler than you used to be.

‘Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.’ – 1 Peter 3:3,4

Are you ready for God to help you bear much fruit of Gentleness?

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Angela Lowe, MS. Ed., LPC
Angela Lowe is a licensed Professional Counselor, trained Biblical Counselor and certified Holistic Health Coach. Her kingdom mandate is to restore God’s counsel to transform lives, marriages, and churches worldwide.