What happens when the faithful wander off? They are wayward. They drift. It happens.
It happens to others I know. What is my attitude? How should I act?
Jesus calls on me to be gentle. Gentleness is the character of love. Jesus shows it all the time.
What does the gentleness of Jesus the Messiah look like? Jesus gave us the perfect picture of gentleness: “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey” (Matthew 21:5), and now He offers us His gentleness as a gift. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will be filled with fruit of gentleness. I want that! Yes Master Jesus. Bring it on.
- Matthew 11:29 (NASB) — “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.”
- Zechariah 9:9 (NASB) — Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Gentleness is a mark and a part of the character of a follower of Jesus. I know from Galatians 5:22 that gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. How do others know I am following Jesus? They see my gentleness. Jesus himself, in His Manifesto, said “Happy are those who are gentle (meek) for they will inherit the earth.”
- Matthew 21:4–5 (NASB) — This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold your King is coming to you, Gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”
- Matthew 12:18–21 (NASB) — “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. “A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, Until He leads justice to victory. “And in His name the Gentiles will hope.”
The Greek word is πραΰτης praëtēs, prah-oo´-tace meaning mildness, humility or meekness. Jesus himself said I would be happy if I am gentle (meek). The benefit is I will inherit the earth.
- Isaiah 42:1–3 (NASB) — “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. “A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
- 2 Corinthians 10:1 (NASB) — Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of the Messiah—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!
The Apostle Paul reminds me that if since I have been chosen by God, I will show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. In each of these passages, gentleness is linked to other critical characteristics of the life of a Disciple.
Gentleness doesn’t come to me without these other attributes. It doesn’t and can’t stand on its own. I can’t be gentle without love and compassion. It takes great humility to be gentle. Patience is critical to gentleness.
- Philippians 2:1 (NASB) — Therefore if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
- Hebrews 5:2 (NASB) — He can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness.