1999-01-24 - Gentleness
This week we are going to see some of what the word of God has to say about
gentleness. Interestingly, the words "gentle" and "gentleness" are listed
more often in the Bible (NNAS) than the word "fear."
Eph 4:1-2 (NNAS) Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord,
implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have
been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance
for one another in love.
Col 3:12-13 (NNAS) So, as those who have been chosen
of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other,
whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so
also should you.
1 Tim 6:11 (NNAS) But flee from these things, you man
of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and
Specific Applications of Gentleness
James 3:13 (NNAS) Who among you is wise and understanding?
Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
1 Pet 3:15-16 (NNAS) But sanctify Christ as Lord in your
hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to
give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered,
those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
1 Tim 3:2-3 (NNAS) An overseer, then, must be above reproach,
the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able
to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free
from the love of money.
2 Tim 2:24-25 (NNAS) The Lord's bond-servant must not
be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may
grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may
come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been
held captive by him to do his will.
Gal 6:1 (NNAS) Brethren, even if anyone is caught in
any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of
gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be
Prov 15:1 (NNAS) A gentle answer turns away wrath, But
a harsh word stirs up anger.
: ) Jan