Gentleness sees the lost and reaches out with a caring hand and loving tone.
“The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” John 4:9.
Can you imagine the loving gentleness of Christ that day?
Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman just as he did everyone he crossed paths with then and encounters now. I can still recall the gentle urgency of Christ the night I gave my heart and soul to Him. The sin, heavy and oppressive, was cut through by His gentle tugging on my heart.
Gentleness was the tone and mannerism of Christ, and should be the hallmark of Spirit-filled believers reflecting Him today. By the power of the Holy Spirit working in Christians, gentleness is the presence of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, and faithfulness reaching critical mass. Like all the fruit of the Spirit, it is not something a person decides to be. We cannot live out godly gentleness apart from the Spirit.
Reaching a dying world with the Gospel of Christ requires the fruit of gentleness.
When the lost see and speak with us, do they see the gentle spirit of Christ at work?
This month Mentoring Moments will be looking at the often overlooked fruit of gentleness which is mentioned 17 times in the Bible. Gentleness would make a wonderful keyword study. Join me?
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“Let your gentleness be known to all men.” Philippians 4:5
Kellie Renfroe founded Mentoring Moments in 2005 with two friends as a way to introduce women to the benefits of godly mentoring. Happily married for 23 years to Greg Renfroe, they have one daughter (13 years-old) and three sons (19, 11, and 8 years-old). Visit her new blog, Citizen Mama, follow on Facebook where she shares free Kindle books daily, and Twitter @kellierenfroe.
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