Gentleness is an image of God’s ultimate subversive power that undercuts the power structures of this world.
Biblical Words & Their Meanings
Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
Demonstrated by God
You have given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your help exalts me.
You have given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand upholds me,
and Your humility exalts me.
He protects His flock like a shepherd;
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them in the fold of His garment.
He gently leads those that are nursing.
Demonstrated by Moses
Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.
He leads the humble in what is right
and teaches them His way.
Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.
The following day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a grave sin. Now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I will be able to atone for your sin.”
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Oh, these people have committed a grave sin; they have made a god of gold for themselves. Now if You would only forgive their sin. But if not, please erase me from the book You have written.”
The LORD replied to Moses: “I will erase whoever has sinned against Me from My book.
But Moses replied to the LORD, “The Egyptians will hear about it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from them. They will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, LORD, are among these people, how You, LORD, are seen face to face, how Your cloud stands over them, and how You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. If You kill this people with a single blow, the nations that have heard of Your fame will declare, ‘Since the LORD wasn’t able to bring this people into the land He swore to give them, He has slaughtered them in the wilderness.’
Demonstrated by David (with Abigail)
A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
and spoke to them according to the young men’s advice: “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips.”
Demonstrated by Jesus
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you;
He is righteous and victorious,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Demonstrated by Paul
I speak the truth in Christ —I am not lying; my conscience is testifying to me with the Holy Spirit — that I have intense sorrow and continual anguish in my heart. For I could almost wish to be cursed and cut off from the Messiah for the benefit of my brothers, my own flesh and blood. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises.
Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children.
Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent.
What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
Demanded by Jesus
The gentle are blessed,
for they will inherit the earth.
Demanded by the NT
not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy —
instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.
but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.
Household slaves, submit with all fear to your masters, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.
In the same way, wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the Christian message, they may be won over without a message by the way their wives live
Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.
Be Gentle To All!
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.
to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.