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But the fruit of the Spirit is… gentleness. (Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV)

Our lives are full of lessons, in my case; this particular lesson has to do with skin cancer and parenting.  Within the last year I had two cancers on my face which required Mohs surgery. One was on my left cheek and the other was behind my left ear. Because of these critical locations, my dermatologist recommended this special technique. The Mohs surgeon removed a small amount of cancerous growth and tested the specimen to determine if he had removed all the cancer. If he had, he terminates the procedure; if not, he repeats it until he obtains a cancer-free sample.

This procedure provided me a practical illustration for parenting. When disciplining our children we increase the punishment until the desired result is achieved. We try to train them with love. Like Mohs surgery this approach minimizes the possibility of a consequence that produces undesirable rebellion.

Incremental discipline involves gentleness or meekness, which is a fruit of the Spirit.

Step by step the cancer incised.

Step by step discipline applied.

Gentle is the term from God’s Word.

Preventing bad things that could’ve occurred.

Excessive force can produce undesirable consequences. 

  • Look up gentleness (meekness) in a Concordance, Word Study Book, or Commentary.
  • Give an example from your life where you lacked gentleness and undesirable consequences resulted.
  • Give another example of a situation where you applied gentleness.