Fruits of the Spirit – Gentleness

The fruits of the Spirit are something that I realised – just like fruit – needs to be grown in our lives. This isn’t instant transformation or something that appears in our lives once we give our lives to the Lord, but more, the fruits develop through a lifetime of cultivating and pruning with the Holy Spirit.

Gentleness is something, that again, I struggled with for many years. My “Before Christ” days were anything but gentle because I was raised to show emotion or gentleness was a weakness. Strength and brashness meant that I had no issues “walking” over people. I was taught that if people were in the way, then step on them to get where you needed to go.

Yet, God challenged my thinking very early on into my walk with Him, and when I look back now, I realise that gentleness was one of the fruits that would take the longest to cultivate. When I think of apostle Paul, he was an incredible individual who showed others great gentleness in the midst of being strong. Think of how he treated others when they would often fail. In 1 Thessalonians 2:7, it shows Paul’s mindset with being as gentle as a Mother with her child, and ultimately, for me, this is where God began to change my attitude.

Often we believe that gentleness is a weakness. Yet, I have come to learn that gentleness is a strong hand with a soft touch. Gentleness is having a tender, compassionate approach towards other people’s weaknesses or limitations. That doesn’t mean that a gentle person doesn’t speak the truth – sometimes those truths can be a painful one – but someone with gentleness guards their tone so then the truth can be heard into the other persons’ Spirit.

For me, I think about Sarai, as a little girl trying to squeeze my hand tightly, yet, her strength did not hurt me – although, in her game, she tried. It was because she did not need to be gentle. After all, she lacked the power to cause me pain at the time. Then it was my turn, and I would squeeze her hand until she made a laughing yelp.

We need to remember that it is a strong hand – not a weak one – that needs to learn to be gentle.

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

Philippians 4:5

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Rebecca Brand

My hearts desire is for everyone to have an intimate relationship with Christ. To hear the voice of God and to experience His presence. Also, to help disciple others to discover their purpose within the body of Christ - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My God-given dream is to break down barriers within life and the Church as a whole to strengthen and develop relationships within every denomination and bring unity - so that we will collectively raise up together and fulfil the Great Commission, within this lifetime.

I am living proof that no matter what your past was or whatever your life has become - God will use you to fulfil what He created you to do, when you step out in obedience and faith.

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