Thursday, September 22, 2011

Set An Example In Life: Gentleness

1 Timothy 4:12
Set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


 GENTLENESS

The KJV uses the word meekness which is translated from the Greek word “praotes”. It’s defined as gentleness, mildness, meekness.

Meek- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble.
Humble- not proud or arrogant; modest.

I think meekness is one of those words that gets confused with weakness. To be meek does not mean to be weak. Actually, I think it means the exact opposite. It takes a lot of strength to remain meek and humble. Those two things aren’t easy.

Moses was more meek than any other man on the face of the earth. (Numbers 12:3) Yet he confronted Pharaoh and led an entire nation. A weak person would not have done that.

God calls himself Meek! And humble.
Matthew 11:29 KJV
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Jesus also calls himself meek.
Matthew 21:5 KJV
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an donkey, and a colt the foal of an donkey.

If meekness is good for God and Jesus I have to conclude that it is also good for me. God and Jesus are meek, and yet they are anything but weak.

The NIV translates the word for meekness as gentleness.

Gentle- Kindly, amiable, not severe, rough or violent, mild.

Be meek!

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