Have you ever been willing to bet that a certain phrase was in the Bible only to find out later that it was not? That is what happened to me today. I searched for the phrase “as gentle as a lamb” and came up empty. Fortunately there are a plethora of other passages on the subject of gentleness; of which I have selected five for today’s message.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as wary as serpents, and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16 NASB
This is the verse I had in mind when I did my initial search. I think Jesus is speaking of our heart attitude here; especially when sharing the gospel with the un-churched. If we come on too strong they will turn and run the other way.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NASB
When you are in conflict with others do you turn up the volume and chase people away or do you speak in a soft and loving voice?
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to slander no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing every consideration for all people. Titus 3:1-2 NASB
This can be a hard passage for some of us to obey because those in authority are, in our opinion “idiots”. But I promise you that when you submit to the authority of man (especially when it is hard) God will bless you. We must show love to ALL people, not just the ones that we agree with.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NASB
Notice this does not say fruits of the Spirit. If we are abiding in Christ ALL of these things should be true of us.
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be in dread, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3:14-16 NASB
It doesn’t matter what has been done to you or to those you love, the correct response is ALWAYS gentleness. When we get ugly with people they may doubt the validity of our faith. What is more important, being right or showing the love of Christ?
Take a listen to “Gentle Like Jesus”