Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #19 --- Gentleness (Tenderness)
Quotations on Gentleness (Tenderness)
When the doctrine and experience of sanctification are properly interpreted and understood they can find no opposition in any Christian heart. ... God imparts to the Christian an experience that cleanses him from all sin and enables him to love God with a pure heart fervently and his neighbor as himself. That such an experience is possible and demanded as a fitness for heaven is evident from the text [Hebrews 12:14-15] and indeed the whole tenor of scripture. God will and commanded it, and Jesus Christ made provision for it in His atonement for sin. And why should it be thought a thing incredible that God should have His child from all sin? A father worthy of the name would want a child that had been poisoned restored to perfect health, and certainly God wants His children who have been poisoned by the virus of sin to be cleansed from it entirely.
—P.P. Belew, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 28, 1936.
Men ought to cultivate [the] spirit of gentleness by imitation of God and His Son. It is a rare ornament and jewel; admired by both God and men. Universally practiced it would change the world. Crime and murder would be prevented and quarrels and strife would not arise in the home and society. Gentleness would have prevented every war and all future wards. Domestic estrangements, divorces and tragedies in the home could be displaced by love, peace and joy. Cultivate and encourage the practice of lives of gentleness so that men might live in peace and serenity.
—John F. Moyer, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., July 16, 1923.
Jesus taught that there is no road to any kind of lasting power save good-will which will suffer to the end, and a meekness which forgets itself in its passion for others. Only gentleness, if it be wise and strong, can win and hold the hearts of men. The conquests of pride and arrogance are written in the dust. The conquests of gentleness are enduring. ... We [must] resolve to extend the realm of gentleness as followers of Him who through His gentleness has an empire which cannot be shaken.
—Gaius Glenn Atkins, Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 10, 1933.
Peace is associated with all the highest virtues. It has its true and abiding basis in love. In a world where there is so much incentive to strife, peace is inevitably associated with longsuffering and patience. There can be no peace where there is no high culture and gentleness of spirit.
—William E. Gilroy, St. Petersburg Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 10, 1934.
Gentleness is the kindness of love. Goodness is love in exercise. Gentleness–Goodness. These two are very different, yet so closely connected that we consider them at the same time. Gentleness means kindness in existence, and goodness means kindness in exercise; kindness is passive and goodness is active. It may be said that kindness is in the positive degree, and goodness is in the comparative degree. These three just mentioned are manifest virtues, and can be seen and known by anyone who observes us.
—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 8, 1922.
Gentleness is a composite virtue. Its basis is love, its expression is kindness, its purpose is helpfulness. It rests undisturbed and all the conflicts that may arise for it recognize its depth. It is a characteristic of Divinity for the Psalmist has said, "Thy gentleness hath made me great." (Psalms 18:35.) It is a virtue of humanity for by it the people rejoice. It is power without noise, faith without sign, guidance without force. It entertains no worry; it yields to no haste. ... It stays the heart that is wavering and sees through the chastening of the good. It is an uplift to the beggar and a grace to the benefactor. It sweetens the draught on the wanderer's lips, and reminds him of home and mother's caresses. It shames the heart of the ingrate and moves the scorner to praise.
—Ira E.D. Andrews, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 8, 1921.
Gentleness is an innate quality of soul which shows in conduct and shines out in the face. [It is] the look, the tone of love, of tenderness, of compassion, that reveals the infinite and transparent depths of the soul. ... It is a character, a mind, ... a soul at peace with God, undisturbed by self-seeking or by conflict with others, a soul that reflects the light of God's love and radiates peace and good will, a transparent spirit in which no shadow of self obscures the path. This word indicates beauty of soul which shines through the face, finds expression in gentle voice and speech in contrast to the raucous tone, is revealed in delicacy of touch, quiets the nerves of others and draws out the best in us all. It is the spiritual beauty that is seen in the madonnas of the greatest artists and in the best pictures of Jesus. It commands respect and admiration. It rebukes anger or rowdyism; it inspires imitation of its beauty. ... It is born of spiritual joy and it is undisturbed in the presence of trouble. It is not of earthly origin, but of heavenly birth. It is the reflection of heaven in the soul and in the face.
—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 11, 1930.
We will do well to get the truth planted in our souls that what we may do or ever hope to do must be in the grace which [the Lord] supplies. And not only so but that the true source of strength and greatness is not in demonstration of physical prowess nor in intellectual acumen, but in true gentleness. A new ideal of greatness comes into existence with the knowledge of God. It is the gentleness, the tenderness, the compassion of God which are the symbol of greatness in Him and the hope of greatness for us.
—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 3, 1936.
The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is the acme of beauty. Gentleness is the fine spiritual fibre of which beautiful souls are made.
—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., July 16, 1936.
It is that divine gentleness that teaches us that in all the affairs of life strength and tenderness should go hand in hand.
—Leon L. Loofburow, Salt Lake Herald-Republican, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 4, 1910.
Tenderness is that fine sense of kindly courtesy that has sympathy and a feeling of brotherly love.
—Ray F. Marsh, Cumorah's Southern Messenger, Mowbray, South Africa, Jan. 20, 1936.
Be gentle; few men ever regretted that they did not give pain to another.
—F.M. McConnell, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 20, 1928.
One of the elements combining to make up Christ's character is the spirit of gentleness. He was the very embodiment of gentleness and tenderness; His ears were open to every human plaint, and His heart went out to suffering humanity in a fullness that found its vent in the many miracles wrought, and in the light brought to darkened, sin-stained souls. What is sympathy? It is the spirit of self-restraint. Christ knew how to restrain Himself; He pointed out to man that to have a perfect character he must remain within the bounds of truth. Christ was the one perfect character; He expressed in His life every trait that was uplifting and showed how to get close to God the Father. Man's failures are largely due to lack of restraint.
—John W. Orr, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., July 17, 1911.
Gentleness postulates patience.
—David S. Phelan, Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 3, 1910.
Gentleness is a royal, shimmering garment of a saintly soul, it is the beautiful crown of a radiant spirit. [People] who possess this charm of gentle personality forestall many a criticism and supply many a lack. A good thing for each of us to remember is that "a soft answer turneth away wrath." (Proverbs 15:1.) Gentleness heals and never hurts. It helps and never harms.
—Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 16, 1953.
Gentleness is not weakness, but courtesy and tenderness with strength.
—Evan J. Shearman, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., April 18, 1929.
Gentleness and good temper are humility in exercise.
—Melvin V. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., July 27, 1937.
Gentleness is the dynamite of the soul.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 9, 1925.
Tenderness is an angel whose friendship should be cultivated.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1927.
Kindness always has a tender hand.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 12, 1928.
True gentleness is considerateness, tenderness of feeling, promptitude of sympathy. True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we are to Him who made us and to the common nature which we, as Christians, share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and duty of men. Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary strengths of character and one of the best instruments of success. It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness. Profound firmness which enables a man to regard difficulties but as evils to be surmounted is the Christian's solemn duty. The Christian firm on his conviction is exercising his calling.
—Ellis Spencer, Baptist and Reflector, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 12, 1968.
Gentleness does not mean softness or weakness. It means a gentlemanliness or a ladylikeness that is evidence of an admirable strength of character. The words moderation and forbearance ... picture a balanced judgment and thoughtful action that marks one as superior. Gruffness, harshness, abruptness accomplish little that is constructive. When we find one who deserves to have "a reputation for gentleness," it is a joy to watch him in action, as he smoothly and effectively directs matters toward a desired end. He makes the difficult look easy.
—Ewing T. Wayland, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 9, 1965.
Those who are gentle will possess the greater realities of the earth and will not be enslaved by its materialism. We possess that which we master and appreciate. Those who are proud, arrogant and given to self-aggrandizement seem to possess but are actually possessed by that to which they lay claim.
---W.R. White, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 7, 1970.
What is it to be a gentleman–a Christian gentleman? It is to practice the principles taught and exemplified by our Lord and Savior, to endeavor to square one’s life by His teachings. It is to live the Golden Rule and do unto others as we would that they should do unto us. Gentility does not consist merely in a show of polite manners. It is kindness of heart, chivalry of soul. A real gentleman is considerate of others, a friend to the friendless, mindful of the aged and infirm, tender towards women and children, treating all men fairly, respectful to authority, and reverential toward God.
—Orson F. Whitney, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 12, 1921.
It is no easy task to paint the most beautiful scenery in the natural world and not overdo and underrate Nature's own richest colors and rarest beauty. So in painting one of the finest flowers of human character, it requires skill to keep in proper balance the relationships of other almost equally valuable qualities. No one characteristic, however beautiful it may be in itself, can form a well-rounded portrait of human life. It must have other traits which, when combined together in one personality, will make up a beautiful character. If sincerity, truthfulness, unselfishness, and other qualities of noble type are found blended with gentleness, we may expect a personality which may be admired, trusted, and loved. Some persons have very excellent qualities in their nature, but a few ugly traits may mar the beauty of the whole picture.
The beauty of the gentle life is so attractive that we cannot resist or fail to be touched by its influence. It is never obtrusive or self-seeking. It "seeketh not its own." (1 Corinthians 13:5.) It "dwelleth in a cottage of gentility" and walketh in the way of uprightness. Its admirers are the companions of a lifetime, and not the pleasure seekers of journey. Its friends are won through the power of inward rather than outward attractions. It breathes the atmosphere of peace, truth, love, and kindness; and so wins the confidence, esteem, and lasting friendship. A true gentleman combines in his nature the spirit of gentleness blended with that of courage and constancy also. ... Some may regard gentleness as a sign of weakness, yet its apparent weakness is the real secret of its power. Its victories are more sure and lasting than violence, and its triumphs more enduring than severity or force. It wins through the quiet, mild, well-poised exercise of that spirit which subdues all its foes and wields its power over the nobler and finer qualities of those who willingly become its friends.
—B.F. Vaughan, The Herald of Gospel Liberty, Portsmouth, N.H., Nov. 27, 1924.