What Does the Bible Say About Gentleness

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.

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”

25 comments

  1. I love these thoughts about gentleness, we often want to receive gentleness, but aren’t as quick to seek that it be cultivated in our own lives and shared with those most difficult people!

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  2. We were just talking about how Jesus was gentle with his disciples and with Mary when they were sad and when she came to the tomb. If Jesus is gentle, we must be gentle also. Have a blessed Good Friday!

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  3. Psalm 15:1 is one of my favorite scriptures about staying on an even keel. Most educators agree: once you start yelling at kids on a regular basis—unless it’s, “Look out, that’s acid!”— it’s hard to stop.

    One of my favorite quotes by the poet Rumi deals with gentleness:

    “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

    Gentle was the FMF prompt today. Today was my third week in a row. It’s addictive!

    🙏💕 Prayers and Love, David

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  4. I never thought about that. Despite it being written that there is more than one fruit, scripture online uses fruit in the singular. Meaning that they are all together. So good!!

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  5. Personally I stick to the KJV bible, because every word in it can be referenced in The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible of how each word is defined in context by the subject matter in scripture withthe Hebrew and Greek definitions.

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  6. This is such a wonderful word to study in the Bible. And knowing that Jesus was gentle, that His sheep were meek (and we should be today), that Jesus called us to be meek…all of this is vastly important as we seek to be lights in this dark and harsh world. Thank you for the Scriptures to remind me of His call upon my life, His ways.

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  7. So “gentle as a lamb” is just one of our sayings, not from the Bible. ha. I wonder how many of those are out there that we wrongly attribute to the Bible. Gentleness is a trait I want to continue to nurture as I age!

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