Who exemplifies this verse to you? It always makes me think of my mother. She is in a nursing home now with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, but that gentle and quiet spirit still shines through.
How does the Bible describe gentleness?
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
Many people in mom’s situation are angry and frustrated. They act out and make difficulties for those around them. I know mom is frustrated, too, when she cannot find the words to tell us what she wants, or can’t remember the answer to a question we ask. Yet, I have never seen her behave in an angry, rude or confrontational way.
“…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Mom has always been a humble person, never one to be demanding, or put herself first. She bears with her situation patiently.
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to be gentle and show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1
Once again, gentleness seems to be associated with courtesy. My mom’s behavior always taught me to be kind and courteous to others. Courtesy doesn’t seem to be valued these days, but it can go a long way toward winning someone over. Listen to this:
“…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you: yet do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Being gentle will further our witness to Christ. Who has taught you the art of being gentle? We want to hear your story.