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What is Meekness?

One of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives is gentleness (Gal 5:23) which can better 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.  Meekness is a powerful fruit of the Spirit creating a submissive spirit in us toward our God and giving us a quiet strength and confidence that is from God alone. The meek Christian is not a mouse but an individual who has the confidence of knowing who he is in Christ and a temperament that is controlled and at peace.

We are told to pursue meekness (1 Tim 6:11), to walk in meekness (Eph 4:2), so that people see it in us. We should demonstrate meekness in our dealings with others (Titus 3:2), even if they respond with unkindness and especially as we talk to them of the things of God and bring correction (2 Tim 2:25). “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal 6:1). The apostle Paul reminded us that meekness is a characteristic of Jesus: (2 Cor 10:1).

Let us take stock of our lives, are we known for our meekness as we have defined it above?

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