Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer
On the very day you got saved, the Holy Spirit indwelt you
On that day, God put His Holy Spirit in you and there He
But He doesn’t sit idly by. He does two things
Changes you from the inside out
Exchanges your old works, with something he calls FRUIT!
The fruit of the Spirit
These are God’s replacements for the seventeen WORKS of
the flesh as listed in Gal 5:19-21.
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal
walk and relationship with Jesus Christ in His word – it’s not complicated.
It just takes effort and focus (Gal 5:25) on your part! God help us ALL to have
personal love-life with the God of this Book!
So far, we have studied the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace,
None of these are not natural in our lives – not like
anything this world has to offer – but completely supernatural!
This message will focus on the
fifth fruit of the Holy Spirit: gentleness!
The Meaning of Gentleness
or kindly in attitude; Tender. Mild and soft. Carefulness, Politeness. Mildness
of temper, calmness of spirit, an unruffled disposition. This is one of the
results of the Spirit’s operations on the heart. Jesus makes no one sour. It
sweetens the temper; corrects an irritable disposition; makes the heart kind;
motivates us to make all around us as happy as possible. This is true
to be intreated – doesn’t take much to get a gentle person to care
is talking about being gentle in our dealings with others
Unkind, Rough, Harsh
normal attitude of the natural man is very quick to get angry, or to seek to get
even, or to revenge our hurt
Holy Spirit creates supernatural Gentleness in a Christian to counteract all of
The Purpose of Gentleness – two-fold:
To counteract the work of the flesh called
The desire for superiority through contest, contention,
Trying to emulate – but only because of jealousy
The work of the flesh is to hurt others who have hurt you,
or are blocking you from being what you think you need to be
The work of the Holy Spirit is to be like Jesus
To show the life of Christ
Remember, that’s why Jesus left Christians here
To demonstrate what God is like, by our, not normal lives,
but changed lives
All of the fruits of the Holy Spirit were present, and
always visible in the life of Jesus Christ!
The Greatness of Gentleness (Ps 18:35) – not talking
God could have made David great through any number of ways
God could have just given David incredible magical powers
Like all the emphasis today on Magic, and the Force, and
Angels, and Witches, and hocus-pocus
David could have walked around and just zapped his
enemies, and conquered all his problems with the wave of his hand
David would have been pretty great in the world’s sight
But David noticed that God’s GENTLENESS was a key factor
in David’s greatness – How is God gentle?
In his dealings with man – in the way He puts up with us
(Ps 103:13,14; Lam 3:22,23)
In his patience with man
How many years did God wait on Abraham? Started with him
How many years did God wait on him to finally fully trust
God? Another 25 – it was at 100 years old that Abraham got the miracle baby
How long was it that God had to wait on you to humble
yourself, and receive Christ – without condition? For me it was 17 years!
How long have you been saved, and yet still are struggling
with stuff in your life – the Lord is truly gentle towards us isn’t He?
In the way he gives us what we need (James 3:17) – ask
and ye shall receive!
In the way He saves sinners – compares Himself to that
of a Shepherd
Leads His flock – doesn’t drive them
Feeds His flock
Goes after the lost sheep – risks His own life for 1
Protects His flock, and even dies for them
Do you know why we don’t have much Gentleness in our
Simply because we see the need for Strife, Argumentation,
Contention as more “efficient”
Politicians know this to be true – they try to be civil,
but people want blood!
As do businesses – go head to head with your competition
Examples of Gentleness
In Creation – just look around!
This universe is built by God pretty strong, and sturdy
Notice the delicateness of God’s creation
EX: This earth is filled with boiling lava, covered by
hard rock, yet the top few feet is soft, brown, rich, moist dirt!
The Lord should only give us one chance, but He gives us
The Lord should make us crawl on our knees backwards up Mt
Everest to get born again, but He doesn’t – Thank God
He is Gentle – He takes us as we are, right where we
The Lord could clobber us every time we sin – He needs
In Love, the Lord (not punishes), but corrects us
I don’t care how hard you think your life is, it is
GENTLE compared to what you OUGHT to get!
The Lord could communicate to us in a very complicated and
But instead He put all we need to know in a Book!
And His Holy Spirit speaks through a very still, small,
voice – the word “still” is the quiet voice, or the gentle voice of God
Now, don’t think that this is the ONLY way that God
reacts towards us – He does have His limit – thank God – as Gentle as he
is, there comes a time when Gentleness must give way to Justice (Ex 34:4-7)
We think God should ONLY be kind towards us
But we don’t want God to have to be just
All I can say is, you had better accept His Gentleness
(Jesus), before you have to face His Justice (hell) – that’s salvation!
Jesus (Isa 40:11)
He was gentle with the Woman at the Well (John 4) – five
He was also gentle with Nicodemas – took the time to
explain, and try to get His “born again”
How about the encounter with the woman caught in Adultery
According to the law of God, she SHOULD have died
But she didn’t HAVE to be punished at that time
She needed Jesus – that’s why he is called SAVIOUR!
She is instead, forgiven, but charged with not doing it
THAT is GENTLENESS!
David with his son Absolom (2Sam 18:1-5)
Absolom had taken over David’s kingdom, and run him out
Absolom had raised an army against his father David, to
David prepares to defend himself against the attack, and
orders his men to not seek revenge – to be gentle with Absolom
How could he decide such a course?
Because David knew how to leave revenge into the hands of
You had better learn that too
There is nothing wrong with defending yourself
There is something wrong with seeking revenge (Rom 12)
Contrast with Rehoboam (1Kings 12:1-13)
Could have been so loved
If only had been more gentle
You don’t have to be a wimp! But you ought to be gentle!
The Need of All Christians (Titus 3:1-6)
Gentleness toward each other (2Cor 10:1,2; 1Thes 2:7)
Gentleness towards your home and family (
Gentleness towards our conflicts (2Cor 10:3-5)
Gentleness towards your enemy (Mt 5,6; Pr 15:1)
Gentleness towards the lost (2Tim 2:24-26)
Gentleness towards your need (Pr 25:15)
Gentleness towards God – quit hammering God about all
your problems, and all your needs – calm down, and just take the time to pour
out your heart – so that God can pour in His Holy Spirit!
Most people do not realize just how GENTLE God has
been with this filthy and wicked world
People take advantage of the gentleness of God and abuse
it – just as they do almost ALL of God’s gifts
Take a moment and consider how kind, and gentle God has
been to you in your life, and ask yourself,
Am I just living on “borrowed time?” Will the
gentleness end one day son, and I go and spend eternity in hell – simply
because I have neglected the free gift of eternal life?
Have I ever sought for the attitude/disposition of
gentleness to be developed in my life – or do I take pride in my strife and
ability to argue and fight others?
If you are not born again, the Saviour gently calls you to
come to Him, and receive Him all by simple child-like faith
If you are saved, there is a kind of church that Jesus
wants to mould us into – one where we are
Firm in our stand, and our beliefs
But gentle in the expression and persuasion of those
Do you know the most humbling way to find out how gentle
you are? Ask somebody – maybe ask your enemy. And then ask God to begin the
production of the fruit of gentleness in a big way in your life!