Gentleness:A Fruit of the Spirit
2 Samuel 22:36 – “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.”
God has many names and takes on characteristics that make us know him as a fierce warrior, the God who empowered David and others to conquer on the field of battle. That same God, who is the same, yesterday, today and forever has an equally gentle side as well. Names and characteristics like Lilly of the Valley, Rose of Sharon and Bright and Morning Star convey the gentleness of God. In 1 Kings, as Elijah is faced with absolute turmoil and the threat of death at every turn, he seeks God. Natural phenomenon in the form of mountain slipping forces, an Earthquake and fires happen all around, but God is not present in the chaos. Then Elijah hears a whisper and understands it to be the voice of God. He gets his marching orders from the gentleness of God and carries out his mission.
As we, Kingdom Men display the virtue of the fruit of gentleness, we too will be able to discern the voice of God, even in the midst of chaos. As leaders, remaining gentle with our families and those that we interact with, will allow our message to be clear and effective. When faced with the toughest of situations, God’s gentle touch in the form of His still small voice will guide and direct us, so that we too can carry out our mission!
Today’s Prayer: Father thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for being gentle with me as I endeavor to be gentle with others. God thank you that in the midst of chaos, your gentleness ushers in Your still small voice, that allows me to move forward. God, help me harvest this fruit of the spirit in myself and those around me, so that we can all be a better reflection of you!