Thought for the Week: Gentleness & goodness

This week the “Fruits of the Spirit” that we are highlighting are Gentleness and Goodness. Other words to describe Gentleness are Kindness, Calmness, Peacefulness, Quietness and Tenderness. Just saying those words silently brings a sigh of relief and centeredness. Wouldn’t it be lovely to incorporate the quality of Gentleness more often into our daily activities? It seems to me there is a strength that resonates within that quality that’s not about forcefulness, but more about letting and allowing. It takes away the dominance of the ego and places us at the feet of receptivity to the Divine.

I love how kindness describes gentleness as well as goodness. Being kind to oneself may not easily come to mind, but it is essential in being kind to others. Remember kindness isn’t overbearing, having the attitude that “I know what’s best for you, so you need to do it my way.” No, being kind takes the other person into consideration from their standpoint not yours.

It’s written in scripture and in songs, “God is good all the time, all the time God is good.” Everything that God created was called good and very good. God created everything. We are made in the image and likeness of God. That makes us good automatically. Remember your roots. Remember as you abide in the Spirit and with God, you will reap Spirit’s fruits. Therefore, be still and in that stillness and quietness you will taste the sweet fruits of the Divine.

Say with me: “I am ready to abide in the tender arms of the Divine by being gentle, kind, calm and peaceful. I am ever so grateful. And it is so.”

—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living


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