“The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him—may your hearts live forever” (Psalm 22:26).
The blessings of the gentleness are numerous. Not only that. They are eternal also. Gentleness is a characteristic loved by both man and God.
God placed nine things as the Fruits of the Spirit. Among those fruits ‘gentleness’ is the fruit which is very tasty. If one person in the family is gentle, the entire family will be enjoying the blessings because of this. When God finds those fruits, He will rejoice.
Find out from the Scripture all the blessings which are meant for those who are gentle and inherit them. Firstly, we read in Psalm 22:26 “The poor will eat and be satisfied”. Secondly, He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way (Psalm 25:9). Thirdly, “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity” (Psalm 37:11). Fourthly “The Lord sustains the humble” (Psalm 147:6). Fifthly, He will beautify the humble with salvation (Psalm 149:4).
Among the saints of the Old Testament, we find Moses to be gentle. While witnessing over the gentleness of Moses, the Scripture says “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). He was tested several times for his gentleness.
Once, Miriam and Aaron rose against him. They murmured over Moses marrying a Cushite woman. They mocked saying “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?”. They were jealous of him.
Did Moses mock them back? No. Was he happy when God got angry and punished Miriam? No. He prayed for Miriam and pleaded God for her to be healed of leprosy. Is it not Moses an ideal example for gentleness?
Once there was a fight between the shepherd of Lot and shepherds of Abraham. See how meekly Abraham answers “Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left” (Genesis 13:8, 9). Is this not the ideal gentleness!
To meditate: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5).