KEY SCRIPTURE: James 3:17 KJV. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
We continue with the traits of the man with a sweet spirit. In our first discussion we said the man with the sweet spirit is a man of purity, secondly, he is a person of peace. Our third point as stated in our key scripture is that, he is gentle. Some of the synonyms for gentle are, mild, fair, suitable, appropriate, moderate and patient. Such a one is moderate or better still he is self-controlled. Respect for others is the motivation for gentleness towards them. The gentle man is very thoughtful of others. He is not a man pleaser but seeks to give each person the best that is due him or her.
The next trait of the man with a sweet spirit is that he is easy to be in treated, that is, he has an understanding ear. He does not just hold to his stance. He critically analyzes the views of other parties against his own, and when he realizes the other party’s view is right, he accepts it. A man of a sweet spirit is a man of peace. We must always fight for the common good of all that we may be dealing with, and not seek our own advantage. Easy to be intreated also means easily obeying.
Our opening scripture adds that the man with a sweet spirit is full of mercy. Mercy is the ability to pardon or overlook a wrong action or a mistake especially when the person requests for it. Micah 6:8 says that, what the Lord requires of us and that which is good, is to do justly and to love mercy. People who are very critical and judgmental normally, do not have mercy and so do not obtain mercy. (Matt 5:7). King Saul was so judgmental and was ready to kill his own son Jonathan for eating some honey, not knowing his father had made a rule that no one should eat. (1st Samuel 14:1-44) There was no mercy on him when he was disobedient. Have mercy on others.
I have a sweet spirit.
I act selflessly always. I am gentle or very moderate with all persons. I am also easy to be intreated. I get along very well with most people.
Colossians 3:12 KJV” Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”;
Colossians 3:14 KJV” And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”