Monday, July 28, 2014

Marriage Fruits of the Spirit: GENTLENESS

By: Jenifer Metzger

Today week continue the Fruits of the Spirit in Marriage series. To read the previous week's, click on lovejoypeace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.

Today's fruit is gentleness.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, 
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23


#Fruit of the #Spirit in #marriage - week 8 #gentleness

Gentleness and kindness go hand in hand. It's hard to be kind if we are not gentle and it's hard to be gentle when we are unkind. As much as the two go hand in hand, we also know that sometimes it is flat out hard to be gentle.

There are times gentleness drips from our soul, sometimes it is more forced and sometimes gentleness isn't even in the same zip code. But God calls us to be gentle. To act gentle and to speak gentle.

A gentle answer turns away wrath
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

When your husband answers you rough or unkind, reply in a gentle way. When disagreement comes, speak gently. No matter what is going on or what is being said, keep your voice, attitude and touch gentle.

Sometimes we are gentle yet others are still angry or harsh toward us. Your gentleness might not instantly make the other person turn gentle, it may take some time. But keep answering gently and soon the other person will become gentle too. God tells us that gentleness turns away wrath.

The King James Version uses the word meekness for gentleness. Do not mistake meekness for weakness because that is the last thing it is. President Lincoln told us that meekness is strength under control. Jesus was our example of meekness, or gentleness. Through Him, we can control our words, attitude, and touch too.

Strive to be Christi-like and be gentle.



2 comments:

  1. I really needed this today. These things have slipped lately. I get impatient with family members because they are not acting like I feel they should be to be a picture of an ideal family. God, give me grave and understanding and gentleness in every situation.

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