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bible verses about gentleness

Gentleness in Character:

  • Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
  • Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Jesus as a Model of Gentleness:

  • Matthew 11:29 – “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
  • 2 Corinthians 10:1 – “By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am ‘timid’ when face to face with you, but ‘bold’ toward you when away!”

Gentleness in Relationships:

  • Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • Proverbs 15:1 – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • James 3:17 – “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

Gentleness as Wisdom:

  • Proverbs 25:15 – “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.”
  • Proverbs 11:16 – “A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.”

Gentleness as a Virtue:

  • 1 Timothy 6:11 – “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”
  • Titus 3:2 – “To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Gentleness and Correction:

  • Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:25 – “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.”

Gentleness in Speech:

  • Proverbs 15:4 – “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
  • Colossians 4:6 – “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Fruits of Gentleness:

  • Psalm 18:35 – “You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your gentleness has made me great.”
  • Proverbs 19:22 – “What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.”

Gentleness and Humility:

  • Zephaniah 3:12 – “But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.”
  • 1 Peter 3:15 – “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Gentleness and Patience:

  • Proverbs 14:29 – “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
  • 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”