Gentleness is focused trust.
Jesus showed us what this kind of gentleness looks like: He focused on His relationship with His Father and did what God directed Him to do regardless of what others thought. He did not bend to peer pressure, comparison, or even try to fit in with anyone other than His Father.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, “Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus focused on being faithful to what He was given to do and allowed God to work out the rest. He didn’t try to control the situation or the people.
Paul wrote to the new believers in Phillipi, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
Philippians 4:5 NIV
The original Greek word used for the word gentleness is of someone who allows God to fight his battles.
It describes someone who has let go of trying to control the situation.
Being gentle is not being weak.
On the contrary, it is the greatest example of strength.
Jesus teaches us how to lead and live gently.
He shows us what gentleness is and it brings rest to our souls.
Gentleness is living your life with a focused trust in God and leaving the outcome to Him.
My friend, may you begin to learn to live in the power of leading a gentle life by being yoked and yielded to the gentle Savior today and every day after.
What does gentleness look like in your life today?