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Recycling In Life Series - 10 - Gentleness

When we think of gentleness we often think of a soft heart and a quiet personality. We may see men in this role sometimes, but often it's easier to see women. It seems to come more naturally for them. Or take for instance a situation in which your car is hit by someone else's car. You pry open your door, jump out and go around to your trunk and get your baseball bat and begin beating on the offending car. That would be an extreme reaction, don't you think? But neither of these illustrations is the gentleness we are talking about, because Galatians says it is a fruit of the Spirit, not the soul. Gentleness is a mellowing of all within you to the glory of God. It is a spiritual "acid" working in our lives to mellow the remnants of our old nature: habits, attitudes, and behaviors, that still want to exalt themselves. They are harsh and self-centered. In Christ we have a new nature that responds to the gentle Holy Spirit who is responsible for conforming us to the ima…

Recycling In Life Series - 9- Longsuffering Study

Paul gives us a great example of the ability to be longsuffering. We know God says when Christians are hurt it's like God is being hurt. Through the whole period of Paul's non-Christian life, God was longsuffering and this allowed Him to patiently wait out Paul and what he was doing to His people. Our study reveals much about this word and the way it is lived out. Examples to Study: God "waited patiently while Noah was building his boat." 1 Pet. 3:20 That was 100 years in Earth years!It was true of Job also as his whole story is covered with longsuffering moments. He is said by James to be a "man of great endurance." James 5:11 It was characteristic of the Old Testament prophets, for they were examples of patience in suffering. James 5:10Paul was definitely an example of longsuffering as was God in working on Paul. 2 Cor. 6:6; 2 Tim. 3:10; 1 Tim. 1:16Definition of Longsuffering / Patience: Longsuffering is the …