16 Dec 2008 Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness
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fruitGentleness bears hardships. Yes we should stand up for what is right, but we do not seek revenge and wish something unholy against someone. When we are misunderstood we let God work through us in gentleness, forgiving the misunderstanding. I cannot count the times I have been misunderstood, and I’m sure you can’t either.

Tim and I love to play the game Imaginiff, and I am usually either nervous or excited when we start the game, wondering what people think of me when a question is used with my name. It is a great way to get to know each other, and to see how you come across to others. I love playing with my small group girls ‘cause it proves how well we have come to know each other. I am always curious to know if others can see Christ in my life, constantly asking God to reveal to me what I need to work on. Gentleness is something I know I need on the inside in order to not dwell on things that offend me, and instead to think on what is true, honorable and admirable (Philippians 4:8).

In Psalm 46:10 God tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” We need to stop and let God work. Take whatever happens and give it to God. Let God handle the situation for you, and if He tells you to do something, that is when you act.

Elizabeth George says this about gentleness:

Gentleness develops out of the strongest of underground root system—out of a life hidden in God and lived in His presence, a life that lowers its head, falls on its face, and helplessly lies facedown (A Woman’s Walk with God pg. 181).

Elizabeth George also explains how we are to walk in gentleness (pg. 182):

1. Accept – Accept everything in your life as allowed by God.

2. Pray – Prayer develops the proper posture of gentleness in us – the habits of bowing, bending, kneeling, yeilding, and submitting to God.

3. Refuse to complain and grumble – To complain, one wise believer notes, “is an accusation against God. It questions God’s wisdom and God’s good judgment. God has always equated complaining with unbelief…[because] to complain is to doubt God. It is the same thing as suggesting that God really doesn’t know what He’s doing.

4. Refuse to manipulate – Let God resolve the issue for you. Put your faith in Scriptures.

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2 Responses

  1. 1
    Mrs. H 

    Ok, follow-up post material… what is the game Imaginiff & how do you play? (I’m an 8th grade girls small group leader!) 🙂

  2. 2
    Mrs. H 

    p.s. Congratulations on your pregnancy 🙂