When we are children of the Heavenly Father, we can learn righteousness two ways….either the easy gentle way of learning and obedience or the hard disciplinary way. Let’s consider the meek, gentle, cooperative, easy way to live in righteousness…..
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (control of self). Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26.
“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
Gentleness is not loud, demanding, controlling, condemning, harmful or self centered. Denying and controlling your “self” overcomes pride, envy, greed, self will, violence, anger, and domination of others. The control of self will reap the result of gentleness.
The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. The Bible says He has a still small voice. He uses our conscience to help us. His mission is to convict us of sin, righteousness (right being and right living), and judgment (consequences). The question is whether we will listen and follow instructions.
Gentleness is a pleasant way to deal with a cooperative person who is “off track”. Gentleness utilizes truth and wisdom to get back “on track”. He trains us that we might grow in right living (righteousness) and reap good consequences. If we control “self” and are humble towards His training, we reap good consequences in gentleness and peace. If we are a rebellious child, then we reap worldly consequences and hard discipline to grab our attention. Instruction and discipline is intended to keep us from dangerous destruction and death.