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Bible Study Guide:

Gentleness of Christ

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Considerate to All.

1. I Timothy 3:1-7 In the list of overseer qualifications, “not violent” and “not quarrelsome” is contrasted with the desirable characteristic “gentle.” Describe in your own words how being gentle and considerate better expresses God’s wisdom (James 3:17) than being violent or quarrelsome does. (See the definitions on the commentary page.)

2. Titus 3:1-2; Acts 5:29 Describe how being “considerate” restricts or defines the limits of obedience to civil authority. Give examples.

3. I Peter 2:16-25; I Corinthians 7:21-24 Neither slavery nor abuse is condoned in these scriptures, nor is anyone expected to voluntarily stay in such a situation. Christians are exhorted to conduct themselves as Christians whatever their circumstances and however they are treated. Why should we be considerate to those who are harsh to us?

4. II Corinthians 10:1-18 In what way was Paul being considerate, by the “gentleness of Christ,” in exercising his authority as an apostle? What was the authority he was given? (See verse 8.)

5. Philippians 4:1-5 How can “gentleness” or the quality of being “considerate” be effective in reconciling differences between individuals? Why do you think Paul reminded them that “The Lord is near” in the context of his admonition “Let your gentleness be evident to all.?”

Optional: Review the past three commentaries and study guides on the topic of wisdom and discuss how the qualities, pure, peace-loving and considerate or gentle tie together in the wisdom from above (James 3:17.)

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