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Gentleness

An unlikely strength
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Fruit: It Does a Body Good". See series.

Introduction

This is the seventh week we've been growing through our study of the fruit of the Spirit. This week we're going to look at gentleness. You might be thinking, Are you serious? Do you know what happens to gentle people? They get walked over. They get stepped on. They get laughed at. And most often they're ignored. So thanks but no thanks. I'll take all the others but I'll pass on gentleness. Why might we have a negative response when we hear the word "gentleness"? The dictionary defines the word as this: mild, moderate, soft, and delicate. Submissive; to voluntarily assume equality with an inferior.

But if we look at Galatians 5:22, we find that gentleness is one of the qualities that God wants to cultivate in our lives. Gentleness is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. Perhaps a struggle we have with gentleness is that we don't really understand what it is. Charles Swindoll writes:

In our rough and rugged individualism, we think of gentleness as weakness—being soft and virtually spineless. Not so. Gentleness includes such enviable qualities as having strength under control, being calm and peaceful when surrounded by a heated atmosphere, emitting a soothing effect on those who may be angry or otherwise beside themselves, and possessing tact and gracious courtesy that causes others to retain their self esteem and dignity. Instead of losing, the gentle gain; instead of being ripped off and taken advantage of, they come out ahead.

Now that's something worth striving for. Instead of losing, the gentle gain. Instead of being ripped off and taken advantage of, they come out ahead.

Power under control

The Greek word for gentleness comes from two words—prautēs and epieikēs. prautēs means humility, ...

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Cynthia Fantasia serves as pastor of women at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Power under control

II. Restorative gentleness

III. The source of Jesus’ strength

IV. Under God’s control

V. The guise of gentleness

Conclusion