Gentleness vs Harshness
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child; Pity my simplicity, Suffer me to come to Thee.
Lamb of God, I look to Thee; Thou shalt my Example be; Thou art gentle, meek, and mild; Thou wast once a little child.
Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb, In Thy gracious hands I am; Make me, Savior, what Thou art, Live Thyself within my heart.
1. being considerate or kindly in disposition
2. mild and soft (not harsh or severe)
3.easily managed or handle; docile
Synonyms for Gentle: amiable, tender, friendly, meek, peaceful, temperate
Antonyms for Gentle: disdainful, grouchy, ill-tempered, harsh, rough
What the Bible Says about Gentleness:
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Phillipians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Titus 3:2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Examples from the Bible:
Shepherds ie David tended their flocks with gentle care.
Ruth: gentle in her care of Naomi
Miriam: gently caring for the baby Moses
The Example of Jesus to Us:
Matthew 11: 29 – 30 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Mark 10: 13 – 16 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
1 Peter 2:23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
Personal Thoughts and Application:
My grandmother was a kindergarten teacher and also kept children in her home. She was great with kids because she was such a kind, gentle person. She was gentle in her tone of voice, gentle in her touch, and she was the epitome of some one who could use gentle firmness in keeping kids in check. I wish I could say that I was like her but sadly I do not measure up. As a caregiver in the medical profession and having grown up with lots of animals to care for, I am a very gentle hands on person. What I struggle with, however, is being gentle yet firm when I get upset and especially when dealing with my children. This is an area in which God is continually working to refine my rough edges. He is teaching me to think before I react, and to realize that my words, actions, and the tone of my voice and body language send a message….oh, how I want it to be the message of gentle strength, gentle patience, gentle firmness. Oh, how I want to be like Jesus, the gentle Lamb of God.
Prayer for You: May God refine your rough edges and give you the quiet strength of gentleness. May you be able to utilize gentle firmness when necessary and realize that there is a strength in the discipline of being gentle that will help others to see Jesus reflected in you.
Additional Reading: The Strength of Gentleness: http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Faith/2011/strength-of-gentleness.aspx
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