Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

Gentleness By Noah Barfield

Galatians 5:22-23 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

For this week we are taking a look through the Fruits of the Spirit that Paul describes in Galatians 5 and today I get the awesome opportunity to talk about gentleness.

Now first off, I want you to look back and think about a time in your life where someone was absolutely furious with you and totally tore you down being harsh and abusive, and how that experience encouraged your heart and dramatically changed your life for the better. Chances are you can’t because that’s not how people respond to anger and hate. More likely than anything, responding to people with harshness and anger will lead to division and brokenness. However, the sad reality is that the majority of people in the world think this way. We live in a world today that is increasingly becoming more focused on the self. Being the “independent, letting people know your opinion, don’t take nothing from nobody” attitude only encourages lashing out at anyone who disagrees with you. And even more sad is the fact that many people who say they follow Christ live in a way that contradicts His way of gentleness. It is an easy and destructive trap to fall into. We can become so passionate about our faith that we become abrasive and harsh to those who do not believe. But think about it, when was the last time you saw anyone led to Jesus through a heated argument in which they are being berated about how wrong their life is and how stupid they are for not following Jesus. It doesn’t happen, that’s not how hearts are changed.

All throughout Scripture, Jesus brought people to Himself by invitation. By opening Himself up to others. By serving them. He sympathized with them in their hurting and showed them that there was a better life to be had in Him. He lived a life of healing those who were broken, not condemning them for where they were. People were able to come to Him because He lived and walked in a way that did not turn broken people away. And He still does all this today through the Holy Spirit and the fruit of Gentleness that it produces in our lives.

So, my challenge to you this week is this;

Live your life in a way that shows others Christ’s gentleness in your life. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to others through you. Ask Him to teach you how to show gentleness to all those around you. And may you live your life in a way that invites people to come seeking the Hope that you have in Jesus Christ.

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