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A healthy Christ-follower is gentle to the core.

Gentleness in the Bible is not the opposite of strength; it is not wimpishness, as modern usage might suggest; it is rather, strength under control, harnessed to love and serve. Gentleness is all the more real because every time it is practiced, gentleness is a freely made choice that is backed by strength.

Isaiah, in foretelling the coming of Jesus describes him in shepherd terms: “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young” (Isa. 40:11). This is a strong shepherd! He climbs rocky mountains looking for pastures, he carries recalcitrant lambs, he leads. But he notices those who need help, and those who are hungry, and those who require protection. It is his gentleness that notices, and cares.

So it is with healthy Christians. People who follow their strong shepherd grow constantly in gentleness.

~J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom in God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions 

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Kindness is a habit that softens the atmosphere. It is an outgoing of neighbor-love that becomes instinctive, and is often unnoticed even by the person who practices it; yet voices and actions and even thoughts surrounding acts of kindness impart this softening toward others as if it were a benevolent virus, a happy infection that eases everything for everyone.

The bewildered “sheep” of Matthew 25:31-40 could hardly remember when they visited the prison, fed the hungry, welcomed a stranger, and they had no idea that Christ valued these acts of kindness so much that he considered them as done to himself. Kindness is like that. It is a selfless form of thinking that sees a need and meets it, almost by reflex, with no thought of reward.

Like the other fruit of the Spirit, kindness comes by receiving and then imitating the kindness of God, as the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).

~J.I. Packer & Carolyn Nystrom in God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions

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Patience…is a habit of mind and heart that grows out of inner peace. Patience trusts God to be at work even in the frustrating events of life, whether it is engorged traffic or crying babies or implacable vendettas or a seemingly unending series of personal disasters. Patience thinks before speaking, aiming to avoid offending. Patience wills the self to see the world from someone else’s perspective—and to walk with that person through their world.

Patience is rooted in hope because “if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Rom. 8:25). Patience takes the long view; unfazed by short-term setbacks, it will carry on unruffled instead of giving up in despair. Patience accepts God’s timing and responds to others in a way that reflects the patience God has toward us. “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord…is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9).

Patience sees today in the perspective of eternity—and so can laugh.

~J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom in God’s Will

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