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 . . .