In His Presence- Gentleness

Read Galatians 5: 22

[Gal 5:22-23 NKJV] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

How many times in your life have you heard or read this verse and not slow down to seek the wisdom which the Holy Spirit placed in it for you to understand?  As you determine to understand that the completeness of the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit is a singular piece of fruit.  You also see that it is progressive in its design.  Each of the ingredients come in an orderly progression to perfect the whole fruit.  Agape love brings joy, which leads to peace and the ability to be longsuffering.  Longsuffering allows us to add kindness, goodness and then comes faithfulness.  Now we come to gentleness.

Gentleness is the word used in the New King James but the word meekness is used in the King James version.  Meekness is described in Vine’s Expository Dictionary as; “…it is only the humble heart which is also the meek, and which, as such, does not fight against God and more or less struggle and contend with Him.  This meekness, however, being first of all a meekness before God, is also such in the face of men, even of evil men, out of a sense that these, with the insults and injuries which they may inflict, are permitted and employed by Him for the chastening and purifying of His elect” (Trench, Syn. xlii). In Gal 5:23 it is associated with enkrateia, “self-control.

“The common assumption is that when a man is meek it is because he cannot help himself; but the Lord was ‘meek’ because he had the infinite resources of God at His command.  Described negatively, meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest; it is equanimity of spirit that is neither elated nor cast down, simply because it is not occupied with self at all.” Colossians 3:12