Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23

Lesson 6

The Fruits of Gentleness, Goodness and Meekness

The Power Triplets

There is an expression, "You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar." This is very true when it comes to people too. Kind, gentle words will get you a lot further with people than yelling and roughness. Being gentle, good and meek is not a sign of weakness but of Great Strength. Do you want people to fear you and despise you, or welcome you and respect you?

The reason I have combined these three fruits is because they are similar and somewhat interchangeable. Letís start with the definitions again.

Gentleness: Greek: Moral goodness, integrity, gentle, seeming, suitable, fair, mild. Hebrew: Humility and meekness

Meekness: Gentleness, mildness, meekness

Goodness: Fit for use, virtuous, mild, pleasant, kind, benevolent, uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness.

In a lot of the scriptures we are going to look at the Greek word for each of these words is the same one. It was the publisherís choice to use the ones he did.

Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of salvation and your right hand has held me up, and your gentleness has made me great.

2 Corinthians 10:1a Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.

Meekness and gentleness come from the Lord. He is the gentle shepherd. We must follow his example.

1 Corinthians 4:21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Gal 6:1 If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one anotherís burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.

People are always ready to beat people over the head when they make a mistake. They want to "Set them straight". Have you ever been set straight by someone like this. I have and it felt like I was being beaten over the head with a bat. There was no love, no gentleness, no meekness and no goodness in it. They wanted to get their point across no matter what the cost to me. Are we too ready to jump down peopleís throats when they make a mistake. Or can we stop and realize, we arenít perfect and that indeed we have made mistakes ourselves and will again in the future. We show spiritual maturity if we can deal with people with a meek and quiet spirit.

Ephesians 4:1b-3 Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

If we are to walk worthy of the calling of Christ on our lives we must do this. We must be peacemakers. Not at the compromise of what we believe, but in a gentle spirit, correcting and teaching and showing love.

Colossians 3:12-16 Character of the New Man
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

See how the Fruits keep intertwining with each other? And above all, Love! We need to treat one another this way. Donít be quick to answer. Stop and think and ask the Lord to help you. Never answer someone in anger. You will regret it if you do. You will probably say something you donít mean and hurt someone you love and show your immaturity. Speak the word in love and with wisdom. Answer in the spirit of the word, not the letter of the law. In other words, donít beat them over the head with your Bible! You may be right in what you are saying, but very wrong in your delivery. Remember the honey?

Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness (graciousness or forbearance) be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Titus 3:2, 3a, 4, -5a To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish,.....But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by the works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us.

Thank God that we didnít have to depend on our own righteousness for God to show us gentleness and mercy. The word says our righteousness is as filthy rags. But thank God in His love and kindness, he showed us mercy in our sinful state. There is nothing we can do to earn this. God shows us love, even though we donít deserve it. Can we do any less?

James 3:13, 17 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in meekness of wisdom....the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Want to be wise? Show meekness and gentleness. It is from God. God doesnít take sides. He sees all sides and still shows mercy.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Ephesians 5:8-10 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth, proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

Yes we once were in darkness, but thank God we are now walking in the light of the word. We need to walk like children of light and show gentleness, goodness, and meekness. This is acceptable to the Lord. Dealing with people in anger and wrath is not of God. You are working the works of "Darkness". Every time you are tempted to react in anger, stop yourself and wait until you can answer with gentleness. This may take some time, but it will happen. Be slow to anger.

Galatians 6:1-3
Bear and Share Burdens
6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one anotherís burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Ephesians 4:1-3
New King James Version
Walk in Unity
4 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, 6beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1 Peter 3:3a,4 Do not let your beauty be that outward adorning......But let is be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a (meek)gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:11-12
New King James Version
The Good Confession
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

I am learning to have a meek, gentle and quiet spirit. I am not there yet, but I am better than I used to be. People spend a lot of time on outward appearance and inside is a hard heart. God can make you beautiful, inside and out. If there is beauty within, it will come to the outside. People will see a difference in you and it will shine on your face. I want people to say about me, what they said about the disciples. "They knew they had been with Jesus." These were rough looking fishermen and so on. But people saw a beauty in them, because they spent time with Jesus.

So again to have these fruits operate in your life, you must spend time with Jesus. Be quiet before him and let him teach you how to treat people with gentleness, meekness and goodness. Spend time in the word and prayer and people will know you have been with Jesus!

1 Timothy 6:11
New King James Version
The Good Confession
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.


 

Written by Judy Warren

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