Gentleness is our eighth fruit of the Spirit in the New Living Translation. The word for gentleness in this verse can be defined as “mildness”, “meekness”, and “humility.” Did you know that there are over 150 verses in the Bible that deal with the issues of pride and humility? I know that if God says something in His Word once, He means it. But, if He brings up a topic 150 times, then He not only means it, He knew that we would have a real problem with it! Listen to Him…He desires a clean heart where pride is confessed and gentleness is ready to pour forth.
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Read James 4:6.
Who does God oppose? Who does He give grace to? Oppose is a really strong word. How do you feel thinking that God might oppose you?
Read Philippians 2:1-11.
What do you see in the instructions Paul gives or in Paul’s example of Jesus’ life that looks like ways to exhibit gentleness?
We mentioned on Day One of Week Eight that there are some pride detectors. These include an inconsistent prayer life, a critical spirit, and a defensive reaction to criticism. Which of the detectors do you struggle with the most? Confess your struggle to God and ask Him to fill you with gentleness.
Read Colossians 3:12.
Gentleness can look like putting others first, serving others, and being a good listener. Think of one way you can practice gentleness today?
Read John 15:5.
What does this verse say our responsibility is in producing good fruit? What would it mean for you to remain in Jesus Christ? What does this verse say we can do apart from Jesus Christ? How will God produce the fruit of gentleness in your life?
Pray this prayer:
Lord, being consistently gentle is hard. I fail at it often. Please instill the kind of gentleness in me that was evident in the life of Your Son. Help me to humble myself before you and fill me with Your gentleness. Help me only be concerned about what you think and to put other’s needs before my own. I love you Lord and am so grateful for your gentleness with me. Amen
Don’t let pride win in your life. When you are given a compliment or when you experience success, immediately thank God and give Him the glory. Remember to follow Jesus’ example of servanthood, kindness, and humility. Surrender every area of your life to God and acknowledge that apart from Him you can do no good thing. Ask Him to fill you with the fruit of gentleness!
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