The Bible everywhere commends patience, gentleness, quietness and kindness. While Jesus overthrew tables in the Temple, in righteous anger – and drove out the moneylenders with a whip –
Scripture primarily characterizes him as being “gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). Scripture teaches us that those who are united to Christ by faith are being conformed to his image. This means that true believers are those who are being transformed by the Spirit of Christ into patient, meek, gentle, kind and compassionate people.
That being said, the church faces a perennial danger in relation to this subject. The Proverbs state, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent” (Prov. 17:28). This simultaneously teaches us to value the quality of quietness and that just because someone is naturally quiet doesn’t mean that he or she is spiritually wise. The same can be said of a person of a calm spirit. There are many who do not know Christ or who are not spiritually wise who, nevertheless, have a naturally quiet and calm disposition.
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