Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control
Here is the paradox of Christian living. We must give up control of self to gain self-control. — Andy Mineo
Faithfulness is being dependable in our relationship with God and others. It’s choosing to be true to our word and following through with our promises. Faithfulness possesses a constancy, devotedness, fidelity, and steadfastness in all its interactions. It’s being reliable in a world that isn’t. Faithful people are not disloyal nor are they flippant with their commitments.
Gentleness is allowing God to deal with others so that we don’t have to take matters into our own hands. It’s been said that gentleness is the grace of the soul. Gentleness includes being calm, serene, and tranquil. Being gentle doesn’t mean someone is weak. Quite the opposite—it takes great strength to be gentle when the flesh wants the opposite. Gentle people are not harsh, nor are they calloused.
Self-Control is being able to keep one's self in check. It’s not letting our circumstances cause us to lose control. Self-control exhibits moderation, temperance, and discipline. It’s choosing, under significant pressure, to chase after the important instead of the urgent. Self-controlled people show restraint and are not impulsive.