Gentle vs Macho

A saw an advertisement for a dentistry called “gentle dental.” That is an attractive ad! I don’t like going to the dentist because of the pain! Though I have to admit it is mostly in my head from when I was a kid.

Gentleness is a character trait that is talked about a lot in the Bible. Jesus was described as gentle, and He declared Himself to be gentle.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Philippians 4:5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

What does it mean to be gentle? Is it bordering on weakness? According to the Bible, it is one of the most effective of all character traits in helping other people to get over their problems, sins, addictions, and weaknesses.

When you are helping people by counseling them, encouraging them, holding them accountable, reproving them, teaching them, scolding them, and motivating them there is a perfect balance between toughness and graciousness that is needed. Those with gentleness have that perfect balance.

A person with the character trait of gentleness is wise; they understand people, they sympathize with weaknesses and struggles that others have, and most importantly, they want very much to help people become successful in life.

Of the 26 character traits that I have studied, and tried to grow in, all of them are connected and interdependent on each other. Gentleness is wise, self-controlled, patient, humble, challenging, and loyal. Gentleness is undoubtedly not weak.

How do I become a gentle person? The first requirement is to have a strong desire to help others grow to become more like Jesus in character. Then there needs to be a constant self-evaluation of our level of success or failure in every attempt to help. It is like any other skill, practice, practice, practice. When gentleness becomes a skill and we persevere in helping others and in getting better at it, the skill moves gradually to a character trait.

When we become gentle people in our hearts, we have become very valuable to God in moving people to be perfect and complete lacking nothing.

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