The word "gentleness" sounds so much like weakness that we are tempted to think of the word "whimp". Nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus said "blessed are the meek (gentle): for they shall inherit the earth. Notice, the gentle don't strive, manipulate, or compete like others, yet they inherit everything. When you "inherit" something you don't have to strive for it, you receive it because you're loved, valued, and part of the family. Apostle Paul said 2 Corinthians 10:1 (K J V) now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: Gentleness is born of love. It refuses to rush to judgement; doesn't drop names or force its way because it has nothing to prove. Gentleness is a virtue hard to find in a society that admires toughness. We're encouraged to get things done and get them done on time, even though people get trampled on in the process. Success accomplishment and productivity count, but at waht cost? Apostle Paul was a powerhouse for God, yet he wrote: 1 Thessalonians 2:7 (K J V) But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: A gentle person treads lightly, listerns carefully, looks trenderly, and touches with reverence and sensitivity. The gentle know that true growth requires nuture, not force. So let's dress ourselves in gentleness, for in our tough and unbending world, gentleness is a vivid reminder of God's presence among us. Bless you all!

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