How do you teach someone to be gentle?
I don't notice gentleness until it's contrasted by aggression, as in, "Be gentle sweetie, don't pull the doggy's tail!"
That was really all I taught and now, as I see and hear the words of aggression used by my kids in our home, and what they're picking up from others in school, I'm at a loss.
God's been talking to me about gentleness for the past couple of months, and I'm learning how to gentle down, but how do you teach someone else? How.... when kids are bullied verbally and emotionally and getting their faces smashed in by other kids? How does it transition from school to home and from home back out to the community?
This is valuable to God!
It's a quality of the One I follow:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matt 11:29
By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you - I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" when away! 2 Cor 10:1
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Gal 5:23
Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near. Php 4:5
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Col 3:12
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Ti 6:11
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Pe 3:15
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4
Oh yes, this is of great worth to God.
But how do you teach it?