Gentleness is power fully surrendered to God.
I had obviously thought about it before, since it was on my Timehop, but as I considered it again, it sank deeper.
Gentleness is fruit of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We’re not able to express the truth and full strength and purpose of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control without God’s help. And he has power beyond our comprehension. When we rely on him, we have access to his power, yet being an avenue for his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control requires surrender. It requires our willingness to trust him and let him work through us instead of us trying to work it out ourselves.
We often want the fruit of the Spirit, or rather, we want to obtain the characteristics or habits, but it is not something we achieve or acquire. It is what we access. It is what we allow God to do and develop through us. It is our connection to him that allows for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Sure, we can emulate it to some extent. But it will never have the strength and wisdom he intends without staying connected to him.
Surrender is a challenge in our “I can do it myself” culture, but fruit can only thrive through the nourishment of the connection to the source.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)