Today’s featured fruit: GENTLENESS.
In my natural state, I’m about as un-gentle as they come. Without God at the helm, I tend to crash and bang through life at warp speed, leaving a wake of debris, destruction and devastation behind me.
But there’s hope even for people like me. I’ll give you an example …
Once upon a time my credit card company apparently decided it would be fun to double my interest rate without telling me. I immediately called and had a rather un-gentle-ish conversation with a poor defenseless customer service rep. I demanded to talk to her supervisor. And then her supervisor’s supervisor. And then her supervisor’s supervisor’s supervisor. The result: my interest rate stayed high (in fact, I’m surprised they didn’t double it again).
I then remembered this little verse:
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
I said a little prayer, asked the Holy Spirit to fill me with gentleness and then called back. This time, I was quiet, restrained and … gentle. It was a totally different conversation. The rep went out of his way to help, spending almost an hour on the phone with me. The end result: my rate went back down (and so did my blood pressure).
Gentleness works. Here are some other “gentle” reminders from the Bible:
- “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
- “What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” (1 Corinthians 4:21)
- “[T]he unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit . . . is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:4)
- “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
- “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29)
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