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?