As I was studying Galatians 5;22, 23, I decided to see what other verses used the same words.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Gentleness: power with reserve
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NKJV)
Walk: to regulate one's life, to conduct oneself
Worthy: suitable because recognized as fitting; having worth that "matches" actual value
Calling: used of God inviting all people to receive His gift of salvation – with all His blessings that go with it
Were called: invited
Gentleness: meekness ("gentle strength") which expresses power with reserve and gentleness
Longsuffering: patience, forbearance, slowness in avenging wrongs; embraces steadfastness and staying-power; long-tempered (as compared to short-tempered)Bearing with: "still bearing up," even after going through the needed sequence (course of action)
Love: which centers in moral preference
Endeavoring: to move speedily by showing full diligence (fully applying oneself)
Keep: properly, maintain, preserve
Unity: oneness, equivalent to unanimity, agreement
Bond: a bond (close union); a close (inner) identity which produces close harmony between members joined closely together
Peace: wholeness, harmony
Those two words pack a powerful punch.
Am I living my life that I am recognized as one who has accepted God's gift of salvation? There is no question as to how that is to look. We are told in Ephesians 4, and Galatians 5:22, 23.
Today's focus is gentleness. A meekness ("gentle strength") which expresses power with reserve and gentleness. Just because I have the strength, power, I need to reign it in, and respond with reserve. Handle situations and people carefully.