gentleness and self-control

gentleness~Beth Moore

Gentleness ~ my mind automatically reflects to a meekness or mildness.  So many times we think of the “doormat” personality.  But that’s not what Paul is saying we are given.  I think this quote of Beth Moore says it well, “Gentleness is an inward grace of the soul; a calmness toward God in particular.  An acceptance of God’s dealing with us, considering them as good.  The term basically means to stop fighting God.  It is the power and the strength created from submitting to God’s will.  Gentleness is responsibility with power.”  When we have gentleness, we show consideration of others – despite what may be going on in our life.

and the last fruit in our gift is self-control… interesting that it’s listed as the last gift.

The word comes from the Greek egkrateia ~ holding in passions and appetites.  It’s talking about one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites.sounds like the list of the flesh.
That’s exactly what the works of the flesh do —- reflect a lack of self-control.

 And what is the opposite of self-control?
Self-gratification . . .
Self idolatry . . .
living in the flesh . . .  

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

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