The Fruit of the Spirit
Wk 8, “Gentleness”
Various Other Scriptures Found Only in The Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- What is Gentleness?
Gentleness is strength under control, it’s the submission of our strength to God’s will.
2.How Gentleness is Developed?
How God Teaches Gentleness
a. Through His Own Gentle Touch
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Self Reflection Questions:
- How do you treat you neighbor who may be different that you?
- How do you treat someone you know is immoral?
- How do you treat someone you know is dishonest and selfish?
- How do you treat someone who voted differently then you?
- How do you treat someone who has a different idea on masks and covid?
If Jesus didn’t condemn these people, what gives us the right to condemn people?
God teaches us gentleness through His gentleness, but He also teaches us gentleness through difficult times.
b. Through Difficult Times
How God Can Use Tough Times to Help us Become More Gentle
a. Through People who Oppose You
2 Timothy 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
b. When People Hurt You
1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
c. When We Are Corrected
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
- The Purpose of Gentleness
2 Timothy 2:25-26
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Let God Strengthen You through Gentleness
Small Group Questions:
- When you think of gentleness, what are some things that come to mind? What are some ways God will develop gentleness in us?
- Read John 8:4-11, if the woman was caught in the act of adultery, why do you think they didn’t bring the man along too for the questioning? It’s only speculation, but what do you think were some of the things Jesus wrote in the dirt?
- What are some of the implications of Jesus not condemning the woman? How does this differ in the time before Jesus came/died/was resurrected?
- Why did God send his Son into the world?
- Do you feel it is easy or hard to respond gently to folks that may be polar opposite of where you might stand on various issues? What are some things that can be done practically if we need help in this area?
- Read 2 Timothy 2:25-26, how easy/uneasy is it to care about our opponent’s repentance? Knowing people are taken captive by the devil should it change our response to how they act?
- Read 1 Peter 3:8-9, how do you repay evil with a blessing? What kind of blessing do you think you’ll inherit when you do this?