Week 9: Gentleness
As we draw near the end of Paul’s list of fruit of the spirit, we come across the word “gentleness.”
- What comes to mind when you hear the word “gentle?”
- Who comes to mind?
The Greek word translated as “gentleness” in this list is prautes. The term occurs 11 times, all in the epistles. A quick search in a concordance will uncover no mentions of “gentleness” in the Old Testament. Take a look at these occurences:
- 1 Corinthians 4:21
- 2 Corinthians 10:1 (where some translations use the word “meek” rather than “gentle.”
- Galatians 5:23, 6:1
- Ephesians 4:2
- Colossians 3:12
- 2 Timothy 2:5
- Titus 3:2
- James 1:21, 3:13
- 1 Peter 3:15
Reflect on the following questions:
- What do you make of the absence of this word prior to the epistles?
- What are the most common contexts in which “gentleness” is called upon?
- How does the use of this word in the epistles reshape the way we understand it as a fruit of the spirit?