Gentleness in Marriage – it’s a strength that’s often overlooked.
My husband had me in tears this morning. We got home late last night, he hadn’t finished his daily blog post, so I went to sleep while he worked into the wee hours of the morning …
So when I got up , I read his post and started crying.
Let me introduce you to Robert:
One of his differentiating values is Gentleness. I can unequivocably say that since I’ve known him – for 32 years – he has demonstrated this value – over and over and over and over and over and over and over…
Why do I love Robert? So many reasons. And one of them is how his strength shines through gentleness… (he’s absolutely qualified to write this post)
10 ways to show gentleness to your spouse:
Elephants are strong yet gentle. It’s a unique combination. Maybe that’s why we admire them so.
For centuries, elephants have been used to carry large, heavy items, even uprooting trees. Watching them work might scare some people. But if they are tamed at a young age, they tend to remain gentle giants.
It can be the same in marriage.
In a healthy marriage, both husband and wife need to feel free to express what’s on their mind. However, neither spouse would ever force their will upon the other. It’s the perfect combination of love and respect.
Unfortunately, for some people this is a foreign concept. It’s like speaking a different language. If they didn’t experience it growing up – quite likely they experienced the opposite – then they don’t know how to be gentle in their marriage. Worse yet, such problems tend to only show themselves when major marital issues arise.
So what can a married couple do?
They can start by understanding the value of gentleness.
The Value of Gentleness
As a differentiating value, Gentleness means even-tempered; considerate; honorable, strength under control.
The last part, strength under control, can have the greatest impact in a marriage. Yes,. Gentleness in Marriage is learning to control one’s actions, words, and even thoughts is the beginning of real strength.
How often does one “bite their tongue” and say nothing to their spouse about an issue. But then they go to work or visit friends and blab all their negative feelings about their spouse. Where is the strength in that? There is nothing honorable or considerate about tearing down your spouse in front of others.
Does this means one must just “grin and bear it?” No. That’s neither healthy nor sustainable.
To create a healthy, strong marriage, practicing the value of gentleness might just be the perfect fitness program.
10 Ways to Practice Gentleness in Marriage
Gentleness can be found in many forms. It’s quiet, but strong.
Here are 10 ways it can be practiced in marriage.
- Gentleness is choosing to address difficult issues during the day instead of at night.
- Gentleness is honoring the free will of your spouse, but does not join in just to placate them.
- Gentleness is speaking the truth in love. It shines a light on a tender issue while maintaining respect.
- Gentleness is remaining even-tempered during a crisis, yet staying alert for possible dangers.
- Gentleness is offering a hug when your spouse messes up, and saying nothing.
- Gentleness uses light humor to diffuse tense moments.
- Gentleness protects vulnerable spots but addresses the hurt that needs healing.
- Gentleness never needs to yell, and never cowers or whimpers.
- Gentleness takes its time to consider all the facts, but is quick to ask for forgiveness.
- Gentleness remains ever present, even if it’s never acknowledged.
Which of these items are easy for you? Which ones are hard to do?
As one of the nine ‘fruit of the spirit’ (Galatians 5:22-23), gentleness is frequently skipped over as a weak value. Being gentle is often equated to ‘giving in’ or simply ‘being nice.’ True gentleness couldn’t be further from the truth.
To show strength while keeping it under control requires mastery. It needs to be practiced.
Do you know a couple that demonstrates the value of gentleness in marriage? How does it work for them?
This post is also on Robert’s website – “Ferguson Values“.
In addition to writing, Robert also speaks on Values Differentiation in Marketing, Marriage & Leadership.
hi there, lori,
i’m stopping by here as your new neighbor at the beholding glory link up, & am i ever glad i did. thanks so much for the insightful reminder about the immense value of gentleness — in marriage, in relationships, in life!
and i couldn’t help but smile when i read about your husband.
1) b/c i have the honor of being married to a robert, also (although he goes by rob)
2) b/c my background is also in marketing (used to be on IBM’s international marketing strategy & comms team), so talk of differentiation lights me up 😉
i’ll have to be sure to check out his blog as well.
oh & you guys also share the last name of authors, david & teresa, who wrote a favorite book of mine called intimate encounters. phenemenal stuff.
so pretty much everything about you guys is drawing me in here!
again, thanks so much for the insightful post. it indeed takes incredible strength from the Lord in order to demonstrate this fruit of His Spirit.
blessings to you both,
wait a minute you guys are in RALEIGH? HA! i’m here in WF!
what a riot . . . love it.
Hey Tanya – thanks so much for commenting. Being married to a “Rob” is pretty awesome, huh? 🙂
Sounds like we need to take advantage of our close proximity and share a cup of coffee/tea… I’ll shoot you a note.
Quiet strength. Yes, what a wonderful, honorable quality that we often overlook! Lovely, heartfelt words that inspire me to practice gentleness more often. Stopping by from the Happy Wives Club link up. Nice to meet you and I’ll visit again! 🙂
Nice to meet you Jennifer – thanks for commenting! It’s such fun to connect with others through these link=ups.
I just love the relationship the two of you have. What a light it is in the world to see! Oh, how we need more of you two!
Thanks for your kind words, Fawn. I’m thrilled to see all you’re accomplishing bringing honor (back) to marriage.
Hi Lori! This is Mai at the Happy Wives Club and Fawn wanted to make sure you saw the note that our Thursday link up party has now moved to Marriage Mondays – beginning today. We want to get all our favorite married bloggers linking up every Monday so we hope you’ll join us.