Fruit of the Spirit (Part 8)

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Strong’s Concordance – praiotes prah-ot’-ace; gentleness, by implication, humility:–meekness.

Gentlesss.  Having all the strength in the world but choosing rather to restrain it.  That is how God is.  God could destroy all the world millions of times over and yet, with a gentle hand, He cares for His creation.

Gentleness is not to be confused with weakness.  Gentleness is actually more like strength than weakness.  The gentleness of God is shown in the care that He shows to us daily.  God has limitless strength.  His strength far outweighs the world’s.  Jesus could have killed all the Roman guards and refused to die on the cross for our sins.  He could have avoided the situation entirely.  Jesus, instead, chose gentleness.  He did not fight back.  He did not resist.  The temptation would have been there to lash out but Jesus chose to be gentle as a lamb, instead of ferocious as a lion.

In nature, you will sometimes see the funniest of bedfellows.  I had a dog that would rather play with mice than kill or eat them.  The dog had the power to kill that mouse and yet chose to play and be gentle with the mouse.  This is how God is with us.  He could chose to kill us and leave us with no options because of our sins.  God choses to save us from our sins and live with Him forever in Heaven.

Do you want to know the gentleness of God?  When your time of death comes, do you want to hear “enter in, good and faithful servant” or “depart from me, I never knew you?”  God gives the option of eternal rest in His gentle arms or everlasting torture away from God completely.  The choice is yours.  Choose God or oppose God.  There is no other choice.  God is waiting with His gentle hands and arms open.  Run to Him and join Him.  He truly cares for you.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for gentleness.  Thank you that you are gentle with Your creation, even though we don’t deserve it.  We deserve Your wrath.  We deserve Your punishment.  Instead, You sent Jesus to die on the cross to remove our punishment and remove the need for wrath.  We need for very much.  You are our gentle, caring Father who is always there for us.  You are always listening and always giving.  Thank you with all our bodies, all our minds and all our souls.  We give ourselves to You.

In your gentle, kind, and loving name we pray,

Amen

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