But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)

GENTLE – Mild, inoffensive. The Greek word here used (ἐπιεικὴς epieikēs) has a clear idea of the virtue of gentleness – a gentleness of spirit, behavior, manner, conduct, and demeanor. Everyone can see that that is the appropriate spirit of a Christian. It is from this word that we have derived the word “gentleman;” and the effect of true religion is to make everyone, in the proper and best sense of the term, a gentleman. How can a man have evidence that he is a true Christian, who is not such? The highest title which can be given to a man is, that he is a Christian gentleman.