Good morning Christlike people
What do you think about when you think of the word gentleness? For many it speaks of those who are weak or quiet; maybe meek and mild which is how some primarily perceive Jesus. It’s a ‘nice’ word to many but it does not fit into our thinking of what a good leader is like. We want leaders full of vision, strength and charisma; we don’t want gentle leaders do we. Or do we?
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Here’s what this word actually means in this passage; ‘moral excellence (in character and demeanour), usefulness, controlled strength’. Some leaders are strong but people can feel devalued and steamrolled after a meeting with them. I believe a gentle leader is a godly leader. I believe all people, young and old, feel valued around a gentle leader. I believe a gentle leader is one at whom no accusation has substance because of their moral excellence. Someone said to me today that gentleness is the ability to be tender with a child and lead a group. I think there is something in this.
If you are a leader today, don’t pride yourself on achievements and getting people to follow. Stop and see how your moral excellence is going, not only in character but also demeanour. Are you approachable? Do people feel valued? Does a child feel comfortable around you; do they gravitate towards you? This is an important question that we may have never thought about before but children gravitated towards Jesus and He was the ultimate gentle leader. Focus this week on gentleness and may God use you to help people feel valued.