Advent #11 Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness
Paul encouraged Timothy to disciple others. As he is actively discipling, he is entrusting what he had heard in the presence of many others. Also, he is discipling another so that they may disciple others, thus living out Psalm 78. “tell the next generation about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts..” BUT—-there is a cautionary point to be heard in his directives:
- Be gentle as you disciple.
- Please don’t waste time in frivolous arguments, for they serve no purpose.
- Be ready instead to answer every man who asks you about the hope you have, and do so with gentleness, which is a Fruit of the Spirit.
In this way, you may be the catalyst to turn one who is away from God back to Him in repentance and then knowledge of the truth. Those who are wandering will then come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil who wants to keep them captive.
Paul reminds Timothy and us that a gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.[Pro 15:1]
Who has God placed in your path that needs the most important message in the world? Will you pray that you are an apt discipler demonstrating kindness, gentleness, and patience so that they either come or return to Lord Jesus Christ?