Gentleness—The Winsome Fruit

A gentle spirit is one of the keys to success with people. It can make all the difference in how open others are to our opinions and ideas.

Jesus is pictured in the Bible as a lamb,1 a mother hen,2 and a gentle, concerned shepherd.3 He said of Himself, “I am gentle and lowly in heart.”4 He didn’t force anyone to believe in or follow Him; He showed compassion, and gently wooed people into His heavenly kingdom by His loving example.

If you want to win friends and win others to the Lord, follow His example.5 “Be gentle and kind to everyone.”6 “Are any of you wise or sensible? Then show it by living right and by being humble and wise in everything you do.”7

 If this sounds easier said than done, don’t worry. God can help each of us to be more like Jesus in this respect, too, if we let His Holy Spirit work through us.

  1. See John 1:29; Isaiah 53:7.
  2. See Luke 13:34.
  3. See Isaiah 40:11; John 10:14–15.
  4. Matthew 11:29
  5. See 1 Peter 2:21.
  6. Titus 3:2 CEV
  7. James 3:13 CEV