The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
The eighth of the nine Fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. In the original Greek, the word which we translate as “gentleness” is praitis. In Matthew 5:5, where we read “blessed are the meek” the word is from the same root, it is prais. So, “gentleness” and “meekness” seem to be used interchangeably.
Many people translate “meekness” as “weakness,” inferring that a meek person rolls over and gets walked on, or that a meek person doesn’t stand up for himself or herself. However, while we think of a meek person as being a “softie,” meekness or gentleness more accurately means “controlled strength.”
I read an article recently by Rick Warren (Protestant preacher and writer) that discussed meekness. To explain the concept…