When do we receive the power to be a witness for Jesus Christ at all times, in all places and in all situations and circumstances? Jesus said, “ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” When a justified person is filled with the Holy Spirit that justified person will be able, by the grace of God, to maintain and display the fruit of the Spirit at all times.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The most common problem with most Christians keeping the victory and living holy at all times, in all places and in all situations and circumstances is this: they are not properly instructed and taught the necessity of the doctrine of sanctification whereby they ask for and receive the indwelling Holy Spirit which gives them the power they need.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
When a new convert has repented of his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Master, he will receive the measure of grace to live holy. However, he will also experience an inward enmity which opposes the will of God. This enmity is the carnal nature which has been inherited by ever generation since Adam and Eve. The second blessing of a second work of grace will give the believer the grace to produce the fruit of the Spirit in abundance. Justification, sanctification and unity are the three thirds part of the plan of salvation. Justification and sanctification are the two works of grace which will enable the child of God to produce spiritual unity with other members of the family of God.
The characteristic of gentleness is one of those virtues which will be active in the child of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:4-8
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
The word “gentle” means to be mild or kind; to be free from harshness or violence. A gentle person will not intentionally hurt you. They will be careful to consider your condition with respect and honor.
When we are under the care of another person during a time of a serious sickness or illness, we are very grateful for the gentleness of a good nurse. someone who will consider our pain and labor to comfort us. This is also true when we are in some spiritual battle; we need someone to help us and support us as we learn to crucify the flesh and submit to the will of God. The washing of the water by the Word is sometimes hard on the flesh. We need to be patient and gentle with those who are being scrubbed clean by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:24-26
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
That gentleness which originates in God and comes to us from God is always without respect of person. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we must be and we will be gentle unto all men. It is easy to be gentle to someone who is gentle with you; but can you be gentle with all men, even your enemies.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
A consistent and continuing gentle spirit manifested in a gentle character, a gentle attitude and gentle actions are all part of a sure evidence and proof of sanctification. The carnal man will from time to time give vent to harshness and unjust criticism and judgment. The gentle man and woman will endeavor to teach, exhort and build up that holy character and conduct which is consistent with being a disciple of Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. The carnal man or woman will occasionally become impatient and turn against those who do not believe and understand exactly what they think they understand about holiness and godliness. The carnal man will lack the grace to maintain his compassion and gentleness and instead will become a striker, causing strife and division.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
This perfect love which originates with God and comes to us from God, is seen by others as the power of God working in us and causing us to be gentle in spirit and in conduct. If you can not be gentle with others in their weakness and time of need, then the image of Jesus Christ will not be seen by those who are watching you.
Do you have the power of gentleness in your daily conduct and attitude?
Do people know you for your reputation of gentleness?
Do others know that they can trust you to be gentle with them in their trying times of life?
Is the power of the Holy Spirit working continually in your life to be a comforting companion and a gentle friend?
Do you know and are you assured that you have been justified and sanctified to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit?