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January 3, 2016 Speaker: Paul Ortlinghaus Series: Fruit of the Spirit (final two messages)

Topic: Spiritual Growth Passage: Matthew 5:5, 1 Corinthians 4:21, Galatians 6:1, 2 Corinthians 10:1, John 8:2–11, Matthew 11:28–30

In this sermon we see what gentleness is, what gentleness looks like, and where gentleness comes from.

Here is how author Jerry Bridges defines gentleness:

Gentleness is an active trait, describing the manner in which we should treat others. Meekness is a passive trait, describing the proper Christian response when others mistreat us.
Gentleness is illustrated by the way we would handle a carton of exquisite crystal glasses; it is the recognition that the human personality is valuable but fragile and must be handled with care.
Both gentleness and meekness are born of power, not weakness. There is a pseudo-gentleness that is timidity, and there is a pseudo-meekness that is cowardly. But a Christian is to be gentle and meek because those are godlike virtues.


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