Where do we find gentleness in the Bible? We have to look first at the character of God in general and then proceed to Jesus, our primary influence, investor and invading force regarding the fruit of the Spirit. So we will look at the character of God, the character of Jesus and then we will see how you and I fit in to this in terms of the character of the believer.
The Character of God
There are so many passages that describe the gentleness of God, but I wanted to focus on one that is particularly instructive about the gentleness of God as power under control. Look at Isaiah 40. [Read v10, 15, 25-26; then read v11]
Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
Notice that in the center of the passage that describes God in all of his greatness and grandeur is a description of God as a gentle shepherd. This is the character of God. Now, as we look to the character of Jesus tomorrow, know that this character of God doesn’t go away, for Jesus, in fact, is God.