Meekness vs Anger

This is WEEK 31 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

The meek are not those who are never at all angry, for such are insensible; but those who, feeling anger, control it, and are angry only when they ought to be. Meekness excludes revenge, irritability, morbid sensitiveness, but not self-defence, or a quiet and steady maintenance of right. –
 Theophylact

Meekness enables us to be led by the Spirit of God. -John Hagee

Meekness is power under control. –    Warren Wiersbe

Gentleness is an active trait, describing the manner in which we should treat others. Meekness is a passive trait, describing the proper Christian response when others mistreat us. –Jerry Bridges

Meekness means:
1. patient, longsuffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2. gentle, compliant

Synonyms for Meekness: docile, peaceful, longsuffering, gentle, orderly
Antonyms for Meekness: impertinent, uninhibited, reactive

What the Bible Says About Meekness:
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Psalms 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Psalms 25:8-10 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 
 1 Peter 3:3-4 
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.


Examples From the Bible:
Moses:
In Num 12:3 Moses is described as being the meekest man of all time.   (Num 14) Moses pleaded with God to save Israel instead of destroy them.  Also Heb. 11:24-27 – By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, {25} choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, {26} esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. {27} By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

Abraham (Gen 13: 8-9) How he handles dividing up his land with Lot.
David: 1 Sam. 24:3–7, 26:7–12 Had 2 opportunities to kill King Saul, but put God’s will first.

The Example of Jesus To Us:
 1 Peter 2:23  .Here, Christ shows us what it means to be meek because “when he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”

Personal Thoughts and Application:
Meekness is a very admirable trait in a person because it means they have self-control.  
In opposition to arrogance, a meek person does not think too highly of themself, but has confidence in who they are as God’s child.  They put aside the natural tendencies to lash out, be overtly defensive, and aggressive in dealing with others.  Instead, they deal with others with respect, even if they confront or disagree.  They do not always have to be right , or prove their worth/value.  They rest in the confidence that even if misrepresented or misunderstood, that God knows the truth and God’s approval is the one that counts.  They also rest in the confidence that God is in control even when circumstances around them seem out of control.  They are able to endure suffering and persecution if that is God’s will because they know that any suffering for the cause of Christ will honor Him and they will be blessed and rewarded by God.  Meekness may be confused by others as weakness, but God says it is a necessary ingredient to live the Christian life….for to be meek means that you know how to lean on God.  It  fosters an ongoing trust and intimate relationship with God.

PRAYER FOR YOU:  May God teach you how to be humble and meek as you learn to lean on Him and not on your own strength and power.  May you find the strength and confidence in God that is necessary to have the character of meekness.  May you see meekness in others as a strength and not a weakness.


Additional Reading:  
http://amberdenaerhodes.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/true-greatness/
http://docarnett.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/the-conjoining/
http://grothryan.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/quality-of-a-conqueror-meekness/

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About Grace and Grit

As a Christian, to live the abundant life, we all need a lot of grace and grit... LIVING LIFE AND LUV'N IT...as God's Child, Wife, Mother, Physical Therapist, Fitness Enthusiast, Avid Book And Blog Reader, and fan of Lighthearted Humor and Fun “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Posted on August 28, 2012, in Character Series and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Somewhere along the line, I heard Wiersbe’s definition–power under control. It removes the concept that meekness is mousiness or weakness. It gives an image of an idling engine, able to do so much more when the occasion calls, but quiet when that is necessary. Yes, that helps very much.

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