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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Truth Verse
“Let your gentleness be evident to all.” — Philippians 4:5

Gentleness is an attitude. It is strength under control. It is showing kindness and love to all, including those who don’t earn it.

Can you think of a time when someone hurt you and you chose to be kind instead of getting even? That was gentleness. Jesus is the ultimate example of gentleness. He loves us so much that He was willing to die for us.

While gentleness might make others think we’re weak, it is strength instead. Jesus is the perfect example of how to let the Holy Spirit help us to be gentle to those who are hard to be gentle to. Gentleness helps us choose to care for them when they mess up.

Gentleness demonstrates how we really feel about others; we show gentleness through our actions. Jesus showed how much He genuinely cared for people through His kind actions and words. 

Is gentleness important? First Peter 3:4 tells us that a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight. Jesus’ spirit was always shining through, showing His gentleness to others. When we have true gentleness inside, we choose to let the Holy Spirit shine through us just as Jesus did.

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