The next fruit of the Spirit that I am going to discuss is gentleness. This fruit is the eighth of nine fruits that the Holy Spirit offers to us (Galatians 5:22-23). The word gentleness (or gentle) is found in many places in scripture with these verses being a few instances:
Esther 15:8 – “Then God changed the spirit of the king to gentleness, and in alarm he sprang from his throne and took her in his arms until she came to herself.”
1 Corinthians 4:21 – “What would you prefer? Am I come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?”
2 Corinthians 10:1 – “I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ – I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold towards you when I am away!”
Galatians 6:1 – “My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.”
Ephesians 4:2 – “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,”
Philippians 4:5 – “Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.”
1 Timothy 6:11 – “But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.”
2 Timothy 2:24-25 – “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness.”
James 3:13 – “Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.”
1 Peter 3:15-16 – “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.”
Matthew 11:29 – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
1 Thessalonians 2:7 – “But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.”
James 3:17 – “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.”
As we head into November, I want to highlight a few worship themes and events:
November 3rd and 4th – All Saints Sunday with the lighting of candles for those who have died. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour!
November 11th – Receiving of new members at the 9:30 worship service with reception to follow before Sunday School. We will also give thanks for those who are worshipping at CtK and have become engaged in our Ministries but have not joined.
November 18th – Annual budget meeting at 10:45 in the sanctuary. Please attend as we have the election of officers and ministry leaders to conduct along with the passing of a budget. The proposed budget for 2019 is a reflection of our mission and ministry goals.
November 24th and 25th – Christ the King weekend. Wear your CtK apparel.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke