I Peter 3:8-17
Actions of gentleness (I Peter 3)
Be compassionate and humble.
Repay evil and insult with blessing.
Share the gospel with sensitivity and respect.
Suffer pain for the cause of Christ.
The strength and power of Christ was often expressed in gentleness. (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 11:28: II Corinthians 12:9, 10:1, 13:3)
Gentleness- in relationship with God
I Timothy 6:11-12 - pursue gentleness, fight the good fight.
James 1:21 - get rid of moral filth... humbly accept the Word planted in you.
In relationship with others
Ephesians 4:2 Titus 3:2 – courtesy we can show to others even when we are irritated or displeased.
Galatians 6:1 - if someone is caught in a sin.... restore him gently.
II Timothy 2:24 - those who oppose him, he must gently instruct.
Promises of the fruit of gentleness
1. Guidance Psalm 25:9
Your submission to Him is your ticket to His guidance.
2. Prosperity Psalm 37:11
You are indeed rich when you can live your life knowing that God is going to take care of you.
3. Victory Psalm 149:4
You do not win battles by might and power, but by the Spirit of God.