FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: OUR FATHER’S GENTLENESS

Today’s post, another in series on Fruit of the Spirit, talks about Gentleness:

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Psalm 103:13:
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Confession. I more often think of God as a strict father. But I long for a gentle daddy.

I praise God for the elaborate wealth and grace of his word.

In Philippians 4:5, right between Paul’s exhortation to rejoice always and never be anxious, he says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” The Lord of gentleness.

Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Thank you, Jesus, for this precious comfort and reminder of your gentleness.

Isaiah 41:13:
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”

Psalm 68:19:
Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.

Thank you, Father, for holding my hand when I am afraid. Thank you for carrying me in your arms.

Even when God had to teach Elijah with intensity where he was wrong, He offered a gentle whisper.

1 Kings 19:12:
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Lord, teach me how to offer your gentleness to others.

1 Peter 3:4:
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Ephesians 4:1-2:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Galatians 6:1-2:
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

1 Peter 3: 15-16:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

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

Ephesians 4:2
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

James 3:17-18:
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

By Author Kathy McKinsey

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20 Replies to “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: OUR FATHER’S GENTLENESS”

  1. I, too, tend to forget about God’s gentleness. I’m so thankful that He is there to take us by the hand or carry us through the unknown and times of fear and uncertainty, that He can see tomorrow and beyond.

  2. Jesus called God His “Abba Father.” My understanding is the word “abba” is a way of saying “Daddy.” When God told us to come to Him like a little child…He means run to Him with open arms as a child does. He meets us with the same love and joyfulness, His arms spread wide to catch us. That is my “image” of my compassionate, gentle Father.

  3. And a gentle good morning to you, Erma and Kathy!

    So glad to see you were paying attention when the Lord spoke to Elijah in His gentle way.

    I hope you enjoy how “Something about the boy gentled the king” in the Obadiah story.

    Yours for a kinder, gentler generation.

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