It is important that we seek God for a Spirit of Gentleness [Meekness]. It is a vital Fruit of the Spirit when it comes to dealing with other people.
It’s so important to be careful how we speak to other people or about other people. I can admit I have failed in this area countless times. I made a conscious effort to be kind and gentle. It did not always come to me naturally. Through prayer, fasting, and many test and trial this Fruit of the Spirit became evident in my life.
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
Proverbs 12:18 “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”
Choose to respond gently and in love towards other people. Choose words that heal. Think of words you use to describe others and consider how you would feel if these same words were used to describe you. If it’s hard for you, God is able. Ask God to help you to be gentle and choose words that are not hurtful to others. God is gentle with us. Even in our disobedience he gently led us.
God can use a heart full of gentleness. 1 Samuel 16:7 “…The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” God instructed Samuel to anoint David as king because he looked at his heart and rejected his brothers. We can’t always tell what’s on the inside. Sometimes outward appearance can cover the content of what’s truly in the heart. Acting kind and then having means thoughts or bad attitude towards others is not from a gentle heart.
There’s unfading beauty in a gentle and quiet spirit, it’s precious to God (1 Peter 3:4). People are fragile. Even more fragile and important than other things in life that holds so much weight and value to us. Our actions toward other, whether seen or unseen, can be proof of our heart’s condition. Whether it is hard or gentle. A gentle heart is gentle and kind to all, not just those we like or relate to. If we are honest, none of us deserve the kindness of God but he gave it to us anyways.
Choose to show God’s gentleness to other. Colossians 3:12 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”