I don’t hear about gentleness very often, especially in church. In fact the only place I’ve heard about anywhere for the past 3 years, is in my house when my niece is over. I’ve only heard it used in two sayings,”Be gentle with baby, she’s fragile,” &,”be gentle, let her down easy.” The first one is pretty clear on its meaning, the second one can be used for two things really. It can be used literally, like your helping an injured person down, or you can use it when you’re telling someone to give someone bad news. I would say the second one is a part of life, or at least it should be.
Gentleness is something that should at least be mentioned in church, simply because of where we get it, Galatians 5:22-23. I think gentleness should be used in two ways, but first you need to think about how we’re supposed to have gentleness, Colossians 3:12. There are two ways I think gentleness should be used.
1.1) With others. Very rarely do you need to be aggressive towards others, most of the time gentleness should be used. If they’re in a bad way, or having a tough time right when you decide not to be gentle with them, you could do more damage than good.
2.2) With yourself. It does nobody any good if you’re always being harsh on yourself. Self examination & conviction is a good, but when you start hurting yourself, you need to be a little gentler.
God wants us to be gentle, Colossians 3:12, so why shouldn’t we be.