Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Fruit of Gentleness
Gentleness is the eighth Fruit of the Spirit. Gentleness is defined as “mildness combined with tenderness,” “controlled strength,” and “equitable, reasonable, forbearing.” The gentleness the Holy Spirit gives us is not a weak gentleness. It is a strong, controlled gentleness woven with humility and restrained behavior. We are powerful. We can speak words that hurt, or heal. We can act in ways that help, or hurt. The gentleness in our spirit channels the power we have.
This gentleness helps us be spiritually sensitive to another’s situation. When we are gentle, we put aside pride and serve others out of humility. The Holy Spirit is the perfect guide, as He demonstrates tenderness in the face of life’s difficulties.
People will respond favorably to us if we truly allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with gentleness, which is why God gives believers this fruit. By being human examples of the living Spirit here on earth, we become fruit producers for God!
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17, NIV