f.o.t.s. // gentleness

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these things there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

How are you feeling with just two days left of this adventure?

I know yesterday’s email was kind of long and a perhaps bit deep for some of you, and I really want all of you to read these, so I’m going to keep this one short. I am only going to write a little bit, but then I’m going to give you some Bible verses to read.

Monday is Day 8 – GENTLENESS

Some of you are already thinking, gentleness? Does that mean I’m supposed to be a wimp all day?

Not at all!

I think it’s very fitting that Monday is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Whether you have the day off from work or school on Monday, I hope you take some time to remember and give thanks for the contributions of a man who fought for justice and equality without using weapons or any other form of violence. Martin Luther King was a great example of the spiritual gentleness we are going to try living out on Monday.

Gentleness does not mean you have to be delicate. It simply means that you have a gentle heart. That you care about people and try your best to understand how they are feeling, doing what is right for all people. It’s about being sensitive to other people as well as yourself. Guys, you can be gentle AND be a tough guy, you just have to be smart about it (be a “gentle”-man).

Basically, be a good person. Think about other people…not just yourself. Before making a comment, think about how it will affect other people. Don’t tease people. Stand up for what you know is right. Live the way you think God would want you to live. I realize that all sounds incredibly cliché, but these Bible verses might help. Even if you think you have this “gentleness” thing figured out, please read them.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.   (Philippians 4:4-5)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  (Ephesians 4:2-3)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  (Colossians 3:12)

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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.  (1 Peter 3:3-5)

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart 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.  (1 Peter 3:14-16)

Dear God, we admit that oftentimes we are not very gentle. Allow us the perspective to see how others perceive our actions and lead us to live in ways that are authentic and sensitive. Amen.

Day 9 – Self-Control

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