Becoming Jesus (Part Four: Gentleness)
Text: Colossians 3:12 NIV - Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
"Gentleness" is not "weakness." One can be gentle without being wimpy and soft. Following Christ is seen and portrayed by some to take away our manhood and show us as pushovers. That is not what Biblical gentleness is.
The Greek word for "gentleness" is the same for meekness. Gentleness is the ability to respond under pressure with wisdom and grace as opposed to harshness and anger.
You can be a boss, leader, business owner - fire people - you can do all this and still be gentle and meek. It is about your own self-control, your own motives, and balance. It is dealing with others as Jesus has dealt with you.
See Galatians 5:16-25. Gentleness is one of the fruits that comes by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. As we yield our lives to the Holy Spirit, He works on producing gentleness in our lives.
How do we put on gentleness?
1. We take off being severe, rough, and violent.
2. We put on gentleness and influence others for Christ.
God fills us with the Holy Spirit to break the chains that bind us - to set us free to live like Jesus - and to empower us to conquer and live in victory.
Posted on Tue, September 23, 2014
by Darrell Waller