Bible Class: Word Focus - Gentleness

Topic: Gentleness

Meaning: The word gentleness could also mean: - mildness, calmness, placidness, tenderness, and kindness, the opposite of it is roughness or harshness.
Grk Meaning: - (chrestotes) usefulness, i.e. morally, excellence (in character or demeanor):--gentleness, good (-ness), kindness.
In this lesson because of the closeness of the work gentleness and meekness we are going to treat them together as one subject.

Evaluation of Gentleness: Gentleness is the first port of call to ascertain a believer’s life. It is like the signpost signifying that someone is a believer. That is the nature people have to see first in order to get attracted to you as a believer. Therefore, this quality is a must for all believers.

Text Of interest:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Gal 5:22-23)
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek (Gentle in New KJV. Grk Work – Parios – Meaning Humble Meek and mild) and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt 11:29)

The phrase in the verse above “I am meek and lowly” is an expression of fact; I mean it is an emphatic statement describing the nature of Jesus. It rightly points out the character of Jesus in a nutshell.  Also, it is a clear fact that Jesus is a Man and if actually He is a man and lived and walk the face of this earth in meekness and gentleness then His followers have no option than to live the way and manner He lived.

Most importantly, we are in Him, it is not pleasant for us to manifest any character that is not of Him. In fact no believer should see himself or herself outside Christ. (Acts 17:28, Rom 8:29, Eph 2:10, Col 3:10), the Prototokos (The firstborn from the dead.. Prototype.. The one every other one will be like) Col 1:15, 18

The Areas To Notice Gentleness: (Your politeness in these areas matters)
1.      In our watching or looking (we must control the way we watch or look at things)
2.      In our speaking (we must control the way we speak, not like the people in the world)
3.      In our reactions & anger (we must control the way we react to situation or people)
Examples from Jesus: (Luk 22:50 – 51, Jn 8:4 – 7, Matt 17:27, Luk 9:52 – 56)
Examples for a believer (Philemon 1:6, Eph 2:10, 1Cor 6:1-7)
Consider this quotation: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1John 2:16-17).

The entry point of weaknesses:
1.      The lust of the flesh
2.      The lust of the eyes
3.      And the pride of life
The above points can expose one’s inability to live a gentle life -  
The Advantages of Gentleness & Meekness (1 Sam 25, 3, 18, 23, 32, 1Cor 6:1-7): Our gentleness can help solve problem between families and friends etc. A gentle and meek person forgives wrong done to him or her easily. Again, one’s gentleness or meekness attracts favour and good company. Gentleness is an impressive spot that attracts trust from people.

The disadvantages of not being gentle and meek:
Roughness, harshness and brutality expel and repel people from one who have them. (1Kings 12:10 -17 2Cor 10:12-13).