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Bearing fruit in the Lord

 

        Gentleness is one of the fruit of the Spirit.  When we make the claim that true strength is found in gentleness, the world laughs.  The world says that strength is what you are on the outside.  But God says real strength is found on the inside, its part if your character. 

 

How can you develop gentleness?

 

          Submit to God.  If you are looking for man with power, look no further than Jesus Christ.  He raised Lazarus from the dead, healed lepers, and made the blind to see, He stood up to the Pharisees and Sadducees and defeated Satan one-on-one in the desert.  The Man was powerful. 

 

 

       Yet He was incredibly gentle.  See the children flocking to Him, the tears in His eyes, His kindness to the adulterous woman and doubting Thomas, His suffering in solitude. 

 

          Gentleness is not weakness, it is strength under control.  The only way we learn gentleness and humility is by submitting to the Holy Spirit.

 

          To become gentle, we have to be listeners.  James wrote, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19James 1:19
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Hacedores de la palabra 19 Por esto, mis amados hermanos, todo hombre sea pronto para oir, tardo para hablar, tardo para airarse,v

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).    Gentleness is something that can be learned, but we need to listen to God.    Scripture has a lot to say about being gentle.    But  we have to do more than listen.   “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.   Do what it says”   (James 1:22James 1:22
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

22 Sed hacedores de la palabray y no tan solamente oidores, engañándoos a vosotros mismos.

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).    We must apply the Word of God to our lives.

 

            Parents especially need this fruit operating through them, as it is very easy to get out of balance with the way you are correcting your children.   Sometimes more of a tough love approach is needed, but at other times more of a gentle approach will be better suited for the situation.
           If all your children ever hear from you are stern words of rebuke and criticism, and it is never properly balanced out with words and actions of love, kindness, and gentleness – then after a certain period of time your children will start to pull away from you, and they then will have no more desire to want to establish any type of good, solid, loving relationship with you.

 

          “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than your own interests, but also to the interests of others”  (Philippians 2:3-4Philippians 2:3-4
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

3 Nada hagáis por rivalidad o por vanidad;d antes bien, con humildad, estimando cada uno a los demás como superiores a él mismo.e 4 No busquéis vuestro propio provecho, sino el de los demás.f

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).   Gentleness shows itself in acts of love toward others.

 

Self-Control is a fruit of the Spirit also, LOVE YOU.

 

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