"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:5
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
"A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let's dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us." Henri Nouwen
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." Francis de Sales
"The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others – and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer.” Brennan Manning
Jane Williams is assistant dean and a lecturer at St Mellitus College. She discusses why it takes real strength to embody deep-rooted gentleness and suggests some of the steps we might take towards this.