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?
Week 9: Gentleness
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