The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit “Gentleness,
Self-Control”

Part 5 of 5
 By Norman Watson

 


Today’s Bible
teaching is the last part of a 5 part series on the “Fruit Of The
Spirit” and I hope that you were encouraged and learned
what it means to have the “Fruit Of The Spirit”. If you would
like to read or share any of the previous teachings you can go to
Today’s Bible Teaching by clicking on the link or by going to this
address – https://www.todaysbibleteaching.com

I believe that the word “meekness” is the better word to use
instead of the word “Gentleness”, Warren W. Wiersbe said
that “Meekness is power under control.” I agree with that
definition,  in Matthew 11:29 (ASV) Jesus said “Take my
yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and
ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

It is interesting that the last fruit is “Self-Control”
because it is what is needed to be “meek”. People have said
that they do not believe that the “fruit of the Spirit”
is in any particulate order, I disagree because the Bible was
written by the inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16) of God and just like
there is order in the Kingdom of God and God is the God of order, the Bible therefore is in the
order that God wants it to be. There is nothing in the Bible that is
there by chance, mistake or disorder which is why the Bible needs
to be read in context ignoring the chapter and verse numbers and
studied using the original language that it was written in and not
our flawed English. 

Jesus is our greatest example of what “meekness” truly means
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up
again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:18,
Henry Drummond said “The man who has no opinion of himself at all
can never be hurt if others do not acknowledge him. Hence, be
meek. He who is without expectation cannot fret if nothing comes
to him. It is self-evident that these things are so. The lowly man and
the meek man are really above all other men, above all other
things.” and Matthew Henry said “The anger of a meek man is
like fire struck out of steel, hard to be got out, and when got
out, soon gone. The meek enjoy almost a perpetual Sabbath.”  

Finaly let us as followers of Jesus be “meek” by being
“self-controlled”, regardless of what people may say or do
to us. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father
who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the
good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you
love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax
collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what
more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do
the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father
is perfect.” Matthew 5:44-48 (ESV)

 

Jesus, Meek and Humble – Ben Walther and Sarah Hart
https://youtu.be/z5G484Ltew4

Jesus meek and humble
heavens give to earth 
word from word among us
spoken from the first
song of our salvation
rising from the fall
Jesus meek and humble heavens hope for all

Jesus, meek and humble
teaching by the shore
casting nets to gather
broken, lame and poor

living bread you offer
hungry we receive
Jesus, meek and humble
teach us to believe

Jesus, meek and humble
mercy born of pain
On the cross we fashioned
from our sin and shame

God Himself providing
lamb and sacrifice
Jesus, meek and humble
in this death is life

life
In your death is life
life

Jesus, meek and humble
by the break of day
heaven now awaking
love has made a way

Light from light embracing
all that once was dark
Jesus, meek and humble
lead us to your heart

Jesus, meek and humble
lead us to your heart

 

The Fruit of the Spirit 
By R.T.
Kendall

Gentleness
comes from a Greek word meaning mild and sometimes translated as
“meekness.” The funny thing is,
in the Greco-Roman world this was no quality to be admired! Quite the
opposite; the Greeks saw this as being
cowardly and weak.

The Christian faith, however, has taken over this word to make it
something to be not only admired but also
sought after. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek” (Matt. 5:5). Meekness
means that you won’t be defensive if
someone speaks against you. You will take criticism lying down. You
will turn the other cheek.
Gentleness, then, means being mild-mannered or tender. Love is “not
easily provoked” (1 Cor. 13:5, kjv), “not
irritable” (esv). Jesus said of Himself, “I am gentle and lowly in
heart” (Matt. 11:29). Moses was “very meek, more
than all people who were on the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3).

Meekness is not a quality the ancient Greeks admired. In today’s world
it is certainly not the way you win elections
if in politics! However, it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and if you
and I follow the Spirit with all our hearts, we will
display this fruit of gentleness.

Self-control comes from the Greek word egkrateia. It denotes “the
virtue of one who masters his desires and
passions, especially his sensual appetites.” It was reckoned to be a
cardinal virtue by Socrates (c. 470–399 BC). For
Philo (c. 20 BC–AD 50) it meant superiority to every desire. It was
expressed in restraint relating to food, sex, and
use of the tongue. Paul used it regarding an athlete: “Every athlete
exercises self-control in all things” (1 Cor. 9:25).
The fact that it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit is challenging for most
of us. We all need self-control—whether in regard
to eating, exercising, watching television, or taking time off when we
are working too hard. Because we have the
Holy Spirit, says Paul, we can control how much we eat and whether we
exercise, resist temptation, or give in to
pleasure. It is surprising that we don’t see this word more often. It
is not in the four Gospels. It is also remarkable
that Paul lists this fruit at the bottom of his list! He might have put
it first!  

The King James Version wrongly translates the Greek as “temperance,”
which brings to mind the old movement against legalizing alcohol in the United States. Don’t let that mislead
you into thinking this is about avoiding alcohol. The fruit of the Spirit will enable us to resist overdoing
anything—whatever habit or temptation—that
militates against godliness.

We are not responsible for having the gifts of the Spirit, but—like it
or not—we are responsible for having the fruit
of the Spirit.

Personal Reflection

Think back to a few people in your life about whom you would say, “That
was a good man or woman.” What qualities did they possess that would cause you to say that about them?
How did their goodness impact your life?  


Proverbs points out that faithfulness is a rare quality in a person.
(See Proverbs 20:6.) Have you experienced the loyalty of a friend or family member? How did that make you feel? Have
you showed up in a moment of crisis with faithfulness toward another?  

What do you think is the difference between meekness and weakness?
Where does self-control manifest in your
life?