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Are You Characterized by Meekness?

One 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?


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