Gentleness When People Are Not!
Gentleness is anything but weakness, it's about strength under control. Hear from lead pastor, Tyler Padgitt, and learn how to develop the fruit of gentleness by looking at the lives of the only two people the bible describe as gentle: Moses and Jesus.
Moses, renowned for his leadership yet grappling with anger, shows us how the power of a life marked with humility and teachability. Contrary to common belief, gentleness isn't about passivity; it's the product that is the result of inner strength and control. Gentleness proves to be a valuable tool when fostering harmony, resolving conflicts, and being able to respond without retaliation.
3 Steps to live a Gentle and Courageous Life
Pause, Reflect, RespondWhen faced with provocation or conflict, remember to practice the art of pausing before responding. "Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end." (Proverbs 29:11 NLT) There is power in a gentle response when defusing anger. Implement this pause-and-reflect approach in moments of frustration to respond thoughtfully instead of reacting impulsively.
Disarm Critics with GraceRespond to criticism or negativity with grace and gentleness. Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) encourages us to "be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." 2 Timothy 2:24-25 (NIV) urges us to be patient and gentle when facing opposition, demonstrating moral superiority without retaliation. Practice responding gracefully to critics, showcasing humility and understanding.
Embrace Teachability and HumilityCultivate a spirit of teachability and humility in interactions. James 1:19 (ESV) advises, "Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger." Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) highlights the importance of seeking counsel and wisdom from others, stating, "The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice." Actively seek opportunities for growth, showing humility and valuing diverse perspectives.
These steps, rooted in biblical principles, will equip you with practical ways to grow. By pausing before reacting, responding graciously to criticism, and embracing a teachable spirit, you'll develop the courage to grow up.