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Beatitude Series #5: Meekness

In our study of the Beatitudes we are describing a true Christian. When one approaches our holy God in poverty of spirit, mourning over his sins and lack of righteousness, he hears the Gospel and “receives with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save his soul.” James 1:21 As a branch is grafted into a tree, so God’s Word is grafted into our hearts and it becomes a part of us.

Because God has given us this spirit of meekness, we are not surprised, offended nor insulted when we read in God’s Word that we are sinners and have no righteousness to offer God.

On the other hand, one who lacks meekness IS insulted and offended by what God’s Word says about him. He bristles in anger when he hears the Gospel or when he is offered a Gospel tract. The proud religionist has no time nor use for the Gospel of Christ. The carnal Christian is offended and turned off by the preacher who deals with sin in his life and he eventually goes elsewhere where he can hear what he wants to hear.

Meekness is NOT weakness.
This idea of meekness may be confusing to some. Don’t confuse meekness with natural timidity. One can be timid, but not necessarily meek. Don’t confuse it with femininity or being a sissy. A woman is not necessarily meek just because she is feminine. Jesus was the personification of meekness as He walked this earth; but He was also the personification of manhood and strength. The preacher who treads lightly around sin in his preaching and refuses to deal with sin, is not meek. He is a weak. Some say such a preacher is “meek and mealy-mouthed.” Those two terms are in no way the same. Meekness does not mean peace at any price. Some preachers who preach only peace and love reveal a harsh, intolerant attitude towards those who take a Biblical stand against sin. They know nothing about meekness. In short, meekness is not weakness.

So then what is meekness?
Meekness is not bristling and becoming upset when insulted or crossed. Rather, meekness is that spiritual quality of being mild-tempered, patient under injuries, long suffering, humble, slow to anger and gladly willing to accept God’s will. Meekness is a characteristic of Christ. See Christ described in Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 11:28-30 and Philippians 2:3-8. As we grow in Christ-likeness, we ought to grow in meekness. Our attitude towards God should be that of reverence, meekness, humility and gratitude for all He has done and is doing for us. If we have the meekness of Christ, it will show in our attitude towards others. We will esteem others better than ourselves. Philippians 2:3 Meekness involves a humbling of ourselves before others. Meekness is one of the most beautiful characteristics of a Christians. Whereas pride and fake-humility are ugly and repulsive, genuine meekness is attractive and beautiful. Psalm 149:4

A meek person is not upset by insults and injuries.
Read the story of Abraham and his nephew, Lot in Genesis 13 and see the meekness of Abraham. Read the stories of Moses and his dealing with Israel as he led them from Egypt to the borders of Canaan. Numbers 12:3 Moses was the meekest of men, though a strong leader.

A meek person is not defensive when attacked personally.
If we are already in the dust before God, we can’t be thrown down much further by men. Read of the meekness of David as he was confronted by a repulsive, obnoxious man named Shimei. II Samuel 16 Earlier, when confronted by the prophet Nathan concerning his sin, David meekly admitted his sin and made no excuses for himself. II Sam. 12:13. He quickly and humbly accepted his guilt and punishment from God.

One who is meek is not concerned nor offended by withheld appreciation or honor.
God’s honor is really all that matters. A meek person is humble and lowly. Matthew 11:29. He is gentle with others. II Corinthians 10:1; Titus 3:2; II Timothy 2:24-26. He is long-suffering and forbearing. Ephesians 4:2

A meek person is quiet and has a submissive attitude. This is one of most outstanding characteristics of a truly beautiful woman. I Peter 3:1-6

Don’t be a Diotrophes.
Diotrophes was an obnoxious man in his church who sought only prominence and power, rather than humble service. III John 9. the Apostle John warned others of the danger of this man.

Meekness is a quality of true wisdom. James 3:13 One who lacks meekness lacks wisdom.

A true witness for Christ is always meek in his dealings with others. I Peter 3:15-17 He is never arrogant nor rude.

Certainly every pastor should have this trait. II Timothy 2:24-26 Without it, he is not ready to minister and will do more harm than good to the Body of Christ.

What are the rewards of meekness?
First, one who is meek is prepared to receive Christ’s salvation. Isaiah 61:1 The meek will one day inherit the earth. Matthew 5:3 Psalm 37:11 The meek are easily satisfied. They can enjoy all the seemingly little blessings of life. The meek are taught of God. Psalm 25:8-9

How do we become meek?
Come to Jesus as Saviour and Lord and learn of Him. Matthew 11:28-30 Yield to Him and be filled with His Spirit. He will produce meekness in us. It is part of the Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23

The lost seek the world’s fame, prestige, fortune and applause and end up losing it all. The saint comes in poverty of spirit to God, willing to sacrifice everything for Christ and ends up inheriting the earth.

When you understand that every insult; every confrontation with an angry, unreasonable person gives you the opportunity to manifest Christ’s work of meekness in your life, then you can welcome and truly be thankful for every humbling experience, for it helps you learn meekness and you are blessed.

March 10, 2006 - Posted by | Beatitudes Series

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