There was a time in my dad's life when he had a choice to make about some unbelievably hurtful rumors that had been circulating about him. I'm not sure most people would display the character of gentleness during a time like this, but my dad did. He didn't react by being vengeful or by hurting people back. He did the right thing and showed the grace that only comes from someone that lives a life saturated in love for others.
He explained to me how hurtful untruths can be...he said, "Paula, rumors and untruths are like taking a feather pillow and shaking out all of the feathers into the wind, and then trying to gather up all those feathers to put back inside the pillow." It's impossible! Another words, when a rumor is out there...it spreads like wildfire and those feathers of hurt can never be taken back. Damage is already done. Years of time can help to heal and erase the memory of the hurt. Showing grace during a hurt is an act of gentleness.
I'm thankful that in my life I have seen gentleness in action and pray that the character of gentleness is displayed in me everyday.