Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. Psalm 25:8-10
Today one of my friends asked me to write an article with topic of meekness. Interesting! And as long as I am active in the blog, I rarely write about it. I think meekness is one of the aspects which are quite important in our lives, especially in our Christian lives. And here’s a bit of my thoughts about meekness.
From an early age in our society we are taught from many media such as television, books, news and well-meaning relatives that we must always have the upper hand or we will be seen as weak. We may have been told that we cannot be seen as an effective worker, parent, teen or whatever if we do not express ourselves with pride and forcefulness.
The bible teaches something entirely different. God says that one of the characteristics we should have is meekness. What does it mean to be meek? Meekness is a gentleness or kindness seen in a person’s character. It can be shown through humility, patience, and restraint. A meek man has greater strength than the prideful man. God tells us that Moses was a meek man and that he was above all men that were upon the face of the earth. Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. (Number 12:3)
Christians develop a different attitude towards others and circumstances. There is an understanding of God’s view of the lost and a Godly sorrow for their state. When we exercise patience with others and treat them with kindness, God is pleased. God does not approve of pride in the life or a believer and there are consequences to pride. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverb 16:18)
Through Bible reading or study and prayer we are as a Christian develops a stronger foundation to use a guideline for our lives. As we grow in our Christian life we seek humility and gentleness when dealing with the world. God has clearly stated that He will guide the meek and teach them.
When we are talking to our peers at the office or where ever we are, do we boast of our own accomplishments? Do we put all our faith in our knowledge and little in God’s wisdom? Be honest with ourselves about whether pride is in the forefront of our actions. Ask to God to help us to be humble and meek. Paul many times talks about meekness.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. (1Timothy 6:11)
Gentleness and patience, it was repeated by the apostle who formerly known as the butcher of believers but then transformed so radically in a very short time.Even Jesus himself said: “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you”. (Luke 6:27-28)
My dear lovely readers, if we already have a character of meekness? When we see someone suffering do we offer our support or pray for them? If someone tries to make us angry, criticizes us or picks on us, do we show restraint and avoid further confrontation? When we are witnessing to the lost, do we talk to them with a gentle spirit and kindness? As a Christian, it is time for us to continually improving our meekness. So through our meekness others will see and feel God’s love and wisdom. Ask to the Lord continuously to give us the strength to continue to be humble, gentle, and kind. Amen.
Karina – Living in the meekness.
Photo credit: Sue Nash. http://heavenlyraindrops.wordpress.com
I heard it said that meekness is ‘strength under control.’
Nice post and I like the verse you used with the photo. Thanks for liking my pictures and using them for sharing truth. Blesses me so much.
Hi sis, good morning.
I always love your pictures and your posts. As I always said there are so many things from you that becomes my inspiration 🙂 thank you so much for your comment on every my posts,sis. I really appreciate it and it is been honor. Blessings on your beautiful morning.
I love this one. This post gave me inspiration about meekness. My heart is overflowing with thousand words. I can’t wait to write about it. I hope you don’t mind if i relating mine to this post 🙂 Maybe in several days. Is it okay ?
It’s very ok, sis. No problem. Feel free 🙂
“Meek” does not mean “weak.” I like Sue’s comment that meekness is strength under control. Excellent post Sis. And beautiful photo. 🙂
Hi sis, Good evening.
Thank you so much for your kind suggestion. I realized that there are some shortcomings on this post. I will update it later and I will add your and Sue’s suggestion. Ooh how beautiful and so blessed my life have sisters in Christ who always gave me great suggestion on my post. It mean a lot for my spiritual growth. Thank you sis. Many love and blessings to you.
This is definitely a spiritual trait that we don’t aspire to often enough. Nice post! Grace and peace to you today. 🙂
Thank you so much for reading and commenting my post:) really appreciate it. Many blessings on your day 🙂
I love Sue’s picture, it is beautiful. Meekness is something we see very little of in our world today. It is good for us as Christians to model this behavior as it shows our connection to Christ. Wonderful post! Love you! 🙂
I love Sis Sue’s picture as well 🙂 Thank you much, Grandma. Many love and blessings to you and Larry.
An important lesson that struck close to home for me. Thank you, Karina. ❤
Dear, Sister Anna
You are welcome, sis. Ooh I thank you for you always take time to read my old post. I am honor. Thank you and God Bless.