GENTLENESS – Strength Under Control

The eighth fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5 is Gentleness (a better translation than “meekness”).  To me gentleness is strength under control, strength carefully and tenderly applied to comfort, heal, and encourage, not hurt.  This is the strength of our loving God and our good shepherd Jesus.  I agree with the parenting author L.R. Knost who says, “Gentleness is not weakness. Just the opposite. Preserving a gentle spirit in a heartless world takes extraordinary courage, determination, and resilience.  Do not underestimate the power of gentleness because gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.”   May we allow the Spirit of God to make us gentlemen and gentlewomen, able to change the world!

blessings, Ernie

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