When I was a kid, there was one man I always looked up to.  He never raised his voice. He displayed gentleness in his actions. And he loved to buy me ice cream. He was my Grandpa.
At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I figured that all Grandpa’s were that way. But now, as an adult, I realize that he was being an example of the Fruit Of The Spirit of Gentleness.
Rarely are leaders viewed as gentle. Somewhere along the way, leaders have been labeled as strong, bold and brash.  Jesus was the greatest leader this world has ever known. Yet, never once did He raise His voice. He welcomed everyone, and treated everyone with gentleness.
Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
James 1:19 reminds us, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
To lead is to serve. Serving is leading.
Reflecting back, I don’t ever remember hearing my Grandpa raise his voice. I never saw him angry. And, he was a wonderful listener who always lead with gentleness. No wonder I miss him so much.
His example has helped shape me as a Husband, Father, and Friend, to reflect Jesus with a gentle heart. To lead by example. Not strong, bold or brash, but with gentleness.