In the Bible book of Galatians the Apostle Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit as “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”. (Galatians 5:22-23 King James Version). Today’s post will be limited to one dimension of “The Fruit”, namely “gentleness”. Our quote for today is:
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness.”
Does the Bible teach us that gentleness is strong? And even if it does, can we say that there is nothing so strong as gentleness? Let me give it shot IMHO…
Both the Old Testament and New Testament give us the understanding of how important gentleness is as a Godly character trait.
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. – 2 Samuel 22:36 – KJV
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you. – 2 Corinthians 10:1 KJV
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. – James 3:17 KJV
Gentleness per se may be pleasing or attractive, kind of like the feeling of maternal love, but the gentleness we see in the Bible goes well beyond that. The gentleness that “hath made me great” that is “of Christ” and is a hallmark of the “wisdom that is from above” comes only by the Spirit of God. And let’s not forget that the Holy Spirit is likened to a fire and a sword. So, the gentleness that comes as the fruit of the Spirit is quite strong.
The quote “nothing is so strong as gentleness,” is attributed to Francis de Sales, a 16th century Bishop of Geneva and Roman Catholic saint.