Gentleness is a strength
Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit as we see in Galatians 5:22.
In Matthew chapter 11 verse 29, Jesus says that He is gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart. He encourages us to come and learn from Him, and we will find rest for our souls. We all want rest for our souls.
Some aspects of gentleness are that it breeds peace, calm and consistency of character, being reliable and steady. It is not volatile or abrupt; it is a strength because it remains constant and clear-minded across all manner of situations.
One famous quote says “be kind/gentle, for everyone you meet is fighting a difficult battle”. Empathy comes through gentle strength. Making human connections is what breeds gentleness, cultivating empathy – allowing yourself to care about others.
James chapter 3 verse 17 “ Godly wisdom is pure, peace loving and gentle at all times, willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” Here we see an aspect of Godly wisdom is gentleness; and again in Ephesians chapter 6 verse 1 we are exhorted “if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path”
Gentleness is beneficial to us so our souls can find rest. It is of benefit to others as it creates a bridge for believers and unbelievers alike, to find grace and courage to be reconciled and restored.
Let’s yield to our Lord and Friend, allowing Him to continually cultivate gentleness in our lives daily. As we experience His gentle nature towards us, we can freely give to others.