Gentleness - Power under control

Gentleness – Power under control

Gentleness isn’t weakness. Gentleness is power under control. 

We all know our words are powerful, we are reminded of this in Proverbs 18:21, controlling them is the key to gentleness. Why are they key? Well I strongly believe we should all strive to be people of our word. Jesus kept His word, and so should we. So if we are to keep our word, we need to be in control of our words, for our actions will follow our words. Start with your words, and you can change your life. If you keep telling yourself you will never be free from an addiction, or if you keep telling yourself that no one cares about you, how do you expect God to give you the opposite of what is coming out of your heart through your words?

How do we then become gentle in our actions? Well it follows the same progression, our actions follow our words, which come from our heart. The heart is key to it all. Proverbs 4:23 – everything flows from the heart.

Think of someone you know with a gentle heart, a push-over? Do you believe having a gentle heart makes you a push-over? Do you believe being gentle means one does not take a stand? I would certainly hope not, for gentleness is far from this! A gentle stand, is not a weak stand, for one who takes a gentle stand is showing their power is under control.

So what do I mean by ‘power under control’? The best example I can think of is a gun. Power under control. A gun has power, be it used for good or bad, one cannot deny its power. One cannot deny the power we have, certainly when we consider the power of Christ in us! This power of a gun, and the power we have to influence people can be used for either good or bad. Misused, power out of control, used with wrong intentions can destroy and even kill. Your diminishing words to a friend can kill their dreams, but on the other side of the page, your encouraging words can be a direct hit, just in the right spot. I believe we can be gentle, pulling the trigger calmly at the right moment, releasing the power when needed. When we do this, we will still remain gentle in our manner, but our words will be powerful when they hit the target! That’s why I believe the bible says the wise listen (See Proverbs 1:5), for if one is constantly talking, one is running around with a powerful gun pulling the trigger on an automatic setting, releasing power that destroys, but also sending everyone who needs our help away, (No one stands by the guy who constantly shoots off words, scared to be caught in the crossfire). Proverbs 12:18 – “The words of the reckless pierce like swords.”

I believe a gentle word is ‘power under control’. A gentle word can be powerful. To build takes power, think of a home, it requires powerful labour and machinery to build physically, and powerful leadership to turn the house into a home. Our words have the power to build people up. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” For me this sums up what gentle, but powerful words are. They are words which build people up, that benefit others.

Does this mean we don’t take a stand, become a push-over? No, if your friend is about to do something silly, or sin, a gentle correction can build that person up, benefit them. Being a push-over, letting them sin is not being gentle, that’s being weak. On the other hand this does not mean we comment on everything our friends do, for then we are not being wise with our words. Our words will become hurtful, and not helpful if we pass comments that are not needed.

So in summary, let us all remember:
A gentle stand, power under control; let us use our words with wisdom.

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Part one – The power of fruit, how that makes sense…
Part two – The power of fruit, oh joy?!
Part three – The power of fruit, don’t throw it at me, I come in peace
Part four – The power of fruit, caught…
Part five – The power of fruit, when it is there…
Part six – The power of fruit, kindly accept…
Part seven – The power of fruit, good aim…
Part eight – The power of fruit, impossible is nothing…

Part ten – The power of fruit, control yourself…



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