March 16, 2021 | By Chuck
When I think about gentleness my mind goes back to when my kids were babies. How I would gently lift that little baby from the crib. I would gently cradle their neck and head trying to carry out each move with caution and gentle care for my little one. We understand gentleness and usually practice it with babies and children. Maybe we’re also gentle when handling something that’s breakable. Gentleness is a positive character quality that we’d all do well to practice. In fact, I believe the relationships we have would benefit from gentleness.
I’m afraid that our closest relationships aren’t always handled with gentleness. It’s our spouse, kids and closest friends who we tend to take for granted. To handle relationships with gentleness we must carefully consider the feelings and needs of others. Gentleness is about being delicate and giving the proper care and attention to the situation. Gentleness is a quality mentioned in the fruit of the Spirit, so should be present in every Christian’s life. As Christians we should make it our goal to handle every relationship and situation with gentleness.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal.5:22-23).