Fruit of the Spirit, Gentleness

Gentle Compassion

Galatians 6:1

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

It is easy to stumble on the narrow path and we all falter from time to time. There are varying degrees of slip-ups, from the slight wobble that goes unseen to the hard fall that’s on everyone’s lips. Pointing out someone’s mistake has become prime time news; there seems to be some kind of perverse pleasure in revealing the failings of others.

Life throws things at us from every angle and on occasion we react in the wrong way. We feel ashamed at our actions, which is bad enough, but then the judgement comes. A fragile state can be completely shattered. Our church family should be a refuge not somewhere to feel ostracised.

God’s love provides restoration. Remember the woman who was dragged before Jesus by the Pharisees because of adultery? He could have brought judgement, instead He brought compassion and gentleness. As stated in Corinthians, we are one body with many parts; those parts are going to get battered and bruised now and again but we don’t discard them. If you break your arm or leg, or even a finger or toe, you don’t decide that it’s of no use and cut it off. You get a doctor to tend to it, reset it in place and let it heal. This is how it should be in the body of Christ.

So when someone stumbles on the path, show compassion, have a spirit of gentleness, tend to those who are broken and help them heal.

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