GENTLENESS, Fruit of the Spirit, pt. 8
10.25.20 // HESS HESTER //LEAD pASTOR
Matt. 5:5, Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Gentleness is great power under control, put to good purpose.
“…inherit the earth” = postured to be His hands and feet for his will to be done.
Gentleness is powerfully attractive!
1 Tim. 6:11 (NIV), But you, man of God …pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
Ruth 2:13(GNB), Ruth answered, "You are very kind to me, sir. You have made me feel better by speaking gently to me, even though I am not the equal of one of your servants."
1 Peter 3:4 (NLT), “You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
Gentleness powerfully earns respect.
Proverbs 11:16 (Mess), A woman of gentle grace gets respect…
Gentleness is a prerequisite for great leadership.
We need more gentle leaders to start leading in every arena of life. Great leaders don’t divide people, they unify them.
Numbers 12:3 (ESV), Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.
Gentleness earns respect; without respect, you cannot lead effectively.
Gentleness is a powerful witness to those who don’t know Jesus.
Titus 3:2(NLT), They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
1 Peter 3:15 (NLT), Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way.
If you don’t give them a reason to trust you, then how can you turn around and ask them to trust Jesus?
“Build a bridge of love between your heart and theirs and Jesus will walk across.”
Gentleness makes you like Jesus!
Revelation 5:1-4(NIV); Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Revelation 5:5, Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Revelation5:6-10; Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
Revelation 5:11-14; Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV), “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”