The late Father John Hardon said of gentleness, “Gentleness is written on almost every page of the Gospels describing the Savior.” And our Lord Himself is recorded in Scripture as saying, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” And right before He stated He is gentle and humble…He said, “learn from me.” So today, as part of my 31 Days series on Bible Quotes, let’s learn about gentleness as found in the Word of God.
Bible Quotes: Gentleness in the Bible
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Here is a good explanation of gentleness, “Gentleness, in the Greek, PRAOTES, is commonly known as meekness. The word is best translated ‘meekness’ – not as an indication of weakness- but of power and strength under control. The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well.” At the part, “…power and strength under control…” that makes me think of yesterday when we talked about patience in the Bible. Where we talked about how patience is something we choose to cultivate and I didn’t mention it then, but I will now. Wouldn’t it just be easier sometimes to just throw a big ‘ol temper tantrum!?! (Or is that just me?) But that wouldn’t be a choice would it, it would be losing control of ourselves…and that would not be gentleness.
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your gentleness made me great.
-2 Samuel 22:36
I love that verse. Let’s think about times when we are not gentle. I’ll go first…when I feel like I’m being rushed, when things aren’t going my way, when I feel threatened. Basically, when I feel like I’m not in control…so I try to assert myself forcefully. Quoting Father Hardon again, “…gentleness restrains strength by love…Love of the other for whose sake I restrain myself.”
Next time I can feel irritability, harshness, and anger start to rise, I will make myself pause and remember those two short sentences. (I may even print it off as a pre-emtive) reminder. Speaking of printables, I compiled a list of Bible quotes about gentleness for your to print and stick in your Bible.
Bible Quotes Resources
My large print Bible
(This is my go-to Bible. It’s large print and just feels nice in my hands.)
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament
(I use this Bible when I’m looking for some more information about the text.)
The Catholic Bible Concordance for the Revised Standard Version
(You want to know where a word is in the Bible? This is the book for you!)
The Great Commentary of Cornelius A’ Lapide
(I use this commentary for more information as well.)
A Practical Commentary On Holy Scripture
(I like this commentary because it also has reflections and applications.)