Motivated – Part 8: Gentleness

Motivated – Part 8: Gentleness

Motivated – Part 8
July 16-17, 2022
Steve Tanner

“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children’ And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.” Matthew 19:13–15 (p.750)

Series Memory Verse: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

  • I’m Motivated To Live In Gentleness.

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will  give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’” Matthew 11:28-29 (p.742)

“Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ…”
2 Corinthians 10:1 (p.887)

  1. Pursue gentleness. 

“But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”
1 Timothy 6:11 (p.913)

“We appeal gently when evil things are said about us.” 1 Corinthians 4:13 (p.872)

  1. Allow my heart to be continually transformed.

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 (p.896)

  1. Celebrate the wisdom of simple childlike faith.

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 (p.931)

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives…gentleness…”
Galatians 5:22-23 (p.893)

My Next Step This Week:

____ I will begin each day with a prayer: “God give me an opportunity today to show the fruit of Your Spirit, gentleness, to someone.”

This Week’s Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading: Gentleness (p.A66-67)

Discussion/Groups Guide Motivated – Part 8: “Gentleness”

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion and study of the Weekend Talk. Use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • What is gentleness? Is it a quality of strength or weakness?
  • When you hear the word “gentleness” do certain characteristics come to mind or does a certain person come to mind?
  • What else is required besides prayer to be transformed into a gentle person?
  • Do gentle thoughts always precede gentle actions?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

Our One Thing: I Am Motivated To Live In Gentleness.

Series Memory Verse: Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

  • See also: Matthew 11:28-29 (p.742); 2 Corinthians 10:1 (p.887)

One Voice Bible Story Background: Jesus blesses the children Matthew 19:13-15 (p.750)

  • What motivates you? Have you ever thought gentle as being a quality you desired to exhibit?

This week our discussion focuses on three criteria for being motivated to live in gentleness:

  1. Pursue gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 (p.913)
    • What things can you do to pursue gentleness?
    • Talk about this statement: When we embrace gentleness, we open ourselves up to receiving God’s love and blessings.
    • What would you say is the opposite of gentleness?
  2. Allow my heart to be continually transformed. Ephesians 4:2 (p.896); Romans 12:2 (p.866).
    • How do you do this?
    • Why is it necessary to be continually transformed?
    • How does Romans 12:2 speak to this?
  3. Celebrate the wisdom of simple childlike faith. Matthew 19:14 (p.750); James 3:17 (p.931)
    • What if we celebrated the simple childlike faith that Jesus was talking about? In Matthew 18 prior to this moment in Matthew 19:13-15, Jesus was asked about who the greatest in the Kingdom of God was. He called a child to himself – unless you become like this – humble – unwavering faith…somehow by Matthew 19:13, the disciples had forgotten.
    • Talk about the various characteristics James outlines as necessary for “wisdom.” Name them. From Whom does the wisdom come?

Digging Deeper

You may have heard the expression: you can win an argument but lose the person.  Consider and discuss the following: Proverbs 15:1, 4 (p.491)

  • How do you think these passages can help you in your daily dealings with people? 
  • It is in our places of work and recreational interests—outside the church—where we can create authentic relationships to share Jesus. We have to be careful not to sabotage the relationship and opportunity by things we say or do.
  • Remember we are Christ’s ambassadors: 2 Corinthians 5:20 (p.884)
  • How different would our world be if everyone represented their authority (like ambassadors) with gentleness? 
  • With whom do you need to be gentle? Perhaps it is in a damaged relationship? Maybe it’s simply a fragile time in someone’s life. Ask God to help you live in gentleness.

My Next Step This Week

____   I will begin each day with a prayer: “God give me an opportunity today to show the fruit of Your Spirit, gentleness, to someone.”

This Week’s Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading: Gentleness (p.A66-67)