22 But the fruit that comes from having the Holy Spirit in our lives is: love, joy, peace, not giving up, being kind, being good, having faith, 23 being gentle, and being the boss over our own desires. The Law is not against these things. 24 Those of us who belong to Christ have nailed our sinful old selves on His cross. Our sinful desires are now dead.
25 If the Holy Spirit is living in us, let us be led by Him in all things.26 Let us not become proud in ways in which we should not. We must not make hard feelings among ourselves as Christians or make anyone jealous.
Gentleness: NT:4240 prautes; mildness, i.e. (by implication) humility: KJV – meekness. “It is an inwrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. It is that…spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting; it is closely linked with the word [humility], and follows directly upon it.” – Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words
“ The word has the idea of being teachable, not having a superior attitude, not demanding one’s rights. It isn’t timidity or passiveness; “It is the quality of the man who is always angry at the right time and never at the wrong time.” (Barclay)
“Meekness is the opposite of self-seeking. It does not mean that a person is weak. In fact, it is power under control.”
Read through the following verses on gentleness/humility.
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
1 Peter 5:5-7 All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 3:3-5 Your beauty…should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:15-16 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. NIV