It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Gentleness - The Eighth Fruit of the Spirit

As for me, I am in your hands, do with me whatever you think is good and right.

Jeremiah 26:14

This week we study the fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness
We’ll see this quality in the aspects of submission, humility, and teachability.

Today we will look at Sacrificial Submission

The Greek word translated gentleness is praotes

Meakness, mildness, forebearance
Primarily it does not denote outward expression, but inward grace of the soul
Calmness towards God imparticular

Praotes decribes the complete surrender of God’s will in our lives.

Meekness or gentleness is the power and strength created from from submitting to God’s will. When God’s will blows, praotes prevails when we let go of every object that would hold us back and ride the wind where ever it takes us.

Do we really have a choice?

Submission is the foundation of gentleness.

In John 21:15-19 we read about Jesus asking Peter – Do you love me? He tells Peter to feed and tend His sheep

In Act 2: 14-36 we read Peter’s speech at Pentecost

This is a true example of praotes. Gentleness in a giant of man.

Could we submit to God’s will knowing what Peter did about the future?

God’s word tells us about our own future in Acts 14:22It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God

And in John 16:33 Jesus saysI have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.

Our dear Lord is really the only one who can help. I submit to Him in all things, and faithfully say - Thy will be done Lord.

I have faith and believe because He is…

Tomorrow we’ll study the second aspect – humility

‘On Ya’ - ma

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