“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5).
Sound doctrine and the ability to defend one’s faith is important, but it will not capture the attention of the world. In a world of hostility what will be noticed is a gentle spirit. What is true of gentleness is no less true of all other virtues identified among the fruit of the Spirit. In a world of hate, unhappiness, war, haste, meanness, evil, infidelity, and excess, those characterized by a spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control will stand out from the masses. This is part of what it means to be a counter-cultural people of God.