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Monday, March 28, 2011

Fruit of the Spirit: Meekness

Seek the LORD,
All you humble of the earth
Who have carried out His ordinance;
Seek righteousness, seek humility…
Zephaniah 2:3 NASB

Meekness is defined as gentleness1; calm temper of mind, not easily provoked2,image humility and lowliness of mind3, mildness,…patient suffering of injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge…the entire opposite of anger.4

To be meek is to be humble. The best definition for humility that I know is found in Philippians 2:3-4 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important that yourselves, do not merely look out for your personal interests but also in the interest of others.”

To be humble is to put others needs before your own; to seek to serve them before looking to yourself; to be modest and think of others as greater than yourself.

There are a few people in the Bible who are examples of meekness and humility:

    Jesus Christ. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart….: Matthew 11:29

    Moses. “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3

    Paul. “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all…” 1 Corinthians 9:19

We are commanded to put on humility5 and show it to all men6. It is a fruit of the spirit and the mark of a believer who walks with the Lord.

How can we walk in humility?

1. Strong’s Numbers Reference
2. Easton’s Bible Dictionary
3. John Gill’s Exposition
4. Adam Clarke Commentary
5. Colossians 3:12-13
6. Galatians 6:1

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