Gentleness is one among the nine qualities listed as fruit of the Spirit. I have been reading and musing about gentleness for a considerable duration.The dictionary meaning of gentleness is, ‘the quality of being kind, tender or mild mannered’.
Gentleness from the Bible
The Bible says, ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath’ (Pro 15:1).
The best example for gentleness would be Jesus. He responded with gentleness when he was iltreated by the soldiers. Even though the Son of Man had all authority on the earth he gave back gentleness, this is a rare commodity. Having the power to be hard yet choosing to be gentle is difficult. While at the same time being weak and showing gentleness is possible.
Bones are considered to be the hardest part in the human body next to enamel. Bone have a high compressive strength but can be fractures with excessive forces.
Pro 25:15 ‘A gentle tongue can break a bone’
So gentleness can’t be equated to weakness. Gentleness requires focused strength. Gentleness requires the immense potential to organise your response to an untoward situation. Gentleness is never weakness but it is the potential to act with concern to the opposite person.
Being gentle to a good person is easy while doing the same to an evil doer is challenging. Likewise being gentle when you are subordinate is possible than when you are with supreme power. Hence to display gentleness one have to possess strength.
Gentleness is true strength expressed by prioritising the offender