of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives is gentleness (Gal 5:23) which can
also be translated as meekness. When we think of meekness we often think of weakness
or someone who is a mouse. But this could not be further from the truth. The
words for meekness in the Greek show us an individual who knows who he is in
Christ and has his emotions, confidence, energy and strength under perfect
control. Meekness and gentleness are moderate, humble, kind, affable, fair,
patient, reasonable and considerate.
We are told to pursue meekness (1Tim
6:11), to walk in gentleness and meekness (Eph 4:2), so that people see it in
us (Phil 4:5). We should be gentle in our dealings with others, especially as
we talk to them of the things of God and bring correction (Gal 6:1). Jesus told
us that He is gentle (Matt 11:29), but He was still able to be to the point,
confront and be firm when He needed to be (John 8:1-11; 8:37-47). He did all
things in love and for the best of people (John 13:34).
Let us take stock of
our lives today, are we known for our gentleness and meekness?
bible is God’s word to us as Christians; it was written down under God’s
inspiration: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That
the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim
3:16-17; KJV). The bible is the Christians manual or handbook, just like a new
car comes with an operator’s manual.
bible tells us how to live to please God, what He has for us and how He wants
to use us. God’s word is truth (John 17:17). In John’s Gospel, we are told that
the truth will set us free (John 8:32); free to live an abundant life as God
lives it (John 10:10). In Proverbs, we are told that Gods word brings life and
health (Prov 4:22). God’s word is powerful (Heb 4:12); God spoke the word over
creation and there was light (Gen 1:3).
Bible is not a book to be read as literature but prayerfully, under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit will reveal God’s
truths to our spirits; we call this revelation and not just head knowledge. The
word will guide us through all the challenges of life (Ps 119:105). As we
meditate the scriptures (Ps 119:15) our faith grows; faith to receive from all
God’s promises found in His word (Rom 10:17). To meditate is simply to dwell on
parts of the bible and roll then around in our minds.
can rely on God’s word; it is settled in heaven (Ps 119:89) and it will never
return to us void (Is 55:11). It will never let us down.
time in the Bible and God’s presence today: “My son, attend to my words;
incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep
them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them,
and health to all their flesh" (Prov 4:20-22; KJV).
was watching my wife play “bubbles” with our 2-year-old grandson. The bubbles
from the soap solution would drift through the air and he could not catch them.
They would burst when they touched him. This reminded me of our words, they
drift from our mouths like bubbles; sometimes flying like spears. We can never
catch them or take them back and when the bubbles of our words burst on someone
they have an effect, good or evil.
often we catch ourselves saying, “O I never meant that” and desperately try to
undo the harm our words have caused. But a word (bubble) released can never be
taken back. In the Bible, it says that the words of our mouths show the
condition of our hearts (Luke 6:45); they show what’s on the inside of us.
and life are in the power of the tongue”, the word says (Prov 18:21; KJV). Our
words can bring life, love and encouragement or discouragement and death. God
calls us to love and encourage one another (Prov 16:24; 1Tim 3:2). Let’s commit
to ask God to put a guard over our mouths (Ps 141:3) and only speak as Proverbs
25:11 and 15:1 instruct us, “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in
pictures of silver”; “a soft answer turneth away wrath” Of course words come
from our minds, our thoughts, but that’s a thought for another day.
Speak gently today.