Finding God's Goodness

Week 48. Gentleness. Intention.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of faith grows our faithfulness.

What does it mean to live in the fruit of gentleness? Gentleness is defined in the dictionary as “the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.” The fruit of the Spirit of gentleness involves humility and gratitude, polite, restrained, and compassionate behavior towards everyone else.

Gentleness is a gift of the Spirit, but as a trait it is produced by a soft heart. It may be a gift, but true gentleness demands something on our part:  intention.  

This means being intentionally kind, compassionate, and humble towards others, especially when they are facing struggles or difficulties. Like many of the spiritual gifts, gentleness is inseparable from other traits. Gentleness soothes our soul and brings about justice in the world. 

Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:29

Thank you, Lord, for the gifts of living intentionally.

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