by Steve Wagers

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Putting The 'Gentle' Back in Gentleman! (5 of 9)
The Sweet Taste of Spirit Fruit
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:32

1. When you think of gentleness, what immediately comes to your mind? Would you think of a calm breeze on the banks of the ocean? Would you envision a back porch overlooking the rolling hills of Central Kentucky? Would you picture the calm after an awful storm? Or would you consider the Samaritan deeds of a considerate person?

2. I remember reading of a school, in London, that teaches gentleness. In fact, they specifically teach boys, and men, how to become 'gentlemen.' The dean of the school is Dr. Frank Crane, and he outlined the purpose of the institution:

"The supreme business of the school is to develop a sense of justice, the power of initiative, independence of character, correct social and civic habits, and the ability to cooperate toward the common good!"

3. He went on to say,
"You develop correct social habits just as you develop correct habits in playing ball or swimming. You discover the rules, and then you: practice, practice, and practice. The general is to do what a kind heart prompts:

Politeness is to do and say
The kindest thing in the kindest way!

3. Some of the rules of the school are:
A gentleman should lift his hat or cap in recognition of a girl, or woman acquaintance that he meets on the street.

To spit on the street (or sidewalk) is likely to endanger the health of other; and, to make you seem horrid and vulgar.

Avoid running in all corridors. Start in time and walk.

Hold a door open for a girl or older person to proceed you in passing through.

In order to appear to the best advantage, keep your hands out of your pockets.

Eat slowly and noiselessly. Don't "feed!" Avoid talking when mouth is full. Take small mouthfuls so that you may talk without giving offense. Keep your lips closed when chewing. And, never use your knife to lift food to your mouth! ...

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