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Gentleness Is Love's Humility (8 of 9)
Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Galatians 5:23; Matthew 11:29-30; Numbers 12:1-16
INTRO: In a culture of rough-and-rugged individualism, gentleness is thought of as weakness, being soft, and virtually spineless. Not so! ... Biblical gentleness is ''strength under control,'' in fact, the Greek word translated in Gal. 5:23 ''Gentleness'' came from a term that was used of a wild horse that had become obedient to the bit and bridle. It was therefore not the lack of power, but great power under the control of a master.
Christianity is NOT for the weak! Being a Christian does NOT mean being soft spoken, weak, easily intimidated, it is strength under control of a master!
Gentleness means finding a loving and kind way to do a tough job. It means a control over one's own life and situations in a way that allows kindness and compassion to show through. Gentleness is not afraid to do what is needed.
ILLUS: Firing an employee is one of the toughest jobs a supervisor ever faces. An insurance sales manager was known for his tact and diplomacy. One of his young salesmen was performing so poorly that he had to be terminated. The manager called him in and said, ''Son, I don't know how we're ever going to get along without you, but starting Monday we're going to try.'' -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 472.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that Gentleness is Love's humility, strength under control … this differs from the last element of the fruit of the spirit ''self-control'' in the sense that this quality is ''God-controlled'' rather than ''self-control.''
I. SECRET OF GENTLENESS Matt. 11:29-30
A. Contact Matt. 11:29
1. Jesus tells us to take His YOKE upon us, to learn from Him because He IS GENTLE and HUMBLE in heart … and if we do we will find REST for our souls!
a. ''Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humb ...
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