Fruit of the Spirit, Gentleness

Learning from Jesus

Matthew 11:26

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Learn from me… What better teacher to have than Christ himself; a pure example of gentleness and humility. If you want to know what gentleness looks like then read the gospels. Follow Jesus as he goes from town to town ministering and interacting with those who were deemed to be unworthy. Watch how he treats the outcast, the infirmed, the poor, the sinful. Notice his attitude in dealing with those whom the Pharisees looked down on.

I am gentle and lowly in heart… Jesus was given all power and authority and yet, ‘made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant’ (Phil 2:7). This is strength manifested through a humble nature. How is this humility outworked in our lives? By ‘counting others more significant than yourselves’ (v4), and showing concern and care for those around you with genuine love.

You will find rest for your souls… Life gets so busy; it can become chaotic and everything around us can just feel like noise. We forget about ‘the Helper’ and try to do things in our own strength, which is exhausting and we all know that being frazzled is not a good look. Learning from Christ and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit brings out the ‘beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious’ (1 Peter 2).

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