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Gentleness

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An expression of compassion, seen in God’s dealings with the frail and weak, and expected of believers in their dealings with others.

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The gentleness of God

In dealing with the wayward

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In caring for the weak

Isaiah 40:11 NABRE
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care.
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The gentleness of Jesus Christ

Matthew 11:29 NABRE
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
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Examples of Jesus Christ’s gentleness

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Gentleness as strength esteemed by God

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Gentleness as a mark of Christian character

Colossians 3:12 NABRE
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
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Believers are to reflect God’s gentleness in their dealings with people

In correcting the wayward

Galatians 6:1 NABRE
Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted.
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In reasoning with unbelievers

1 Peter 3:15–16 NABRE
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.

In nurturing new believers

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In showing consideration to all

Titus 3:1–2 NABRE
Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise. They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone.
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