“ And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.” (II Timothy 2:22-25)
“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work. To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” Titus 3:1
In my church, Emmanuel Pentecostal, we have 2 banners at the sides of the sanctuary. On the right hand side we see the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22, “….love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” On the left hand side the banner lists the gifts of the Spirit in I Cor. 12:8-10,“word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers tongues and interpretation of tongues.” With these banners facing the congregation, we are reminded that we need the fruits to operate the gifts.
Many have avoided the subject of meekness because they equate it with weakness. But this is not true. To be meek means showing humility toward God and gentleness towards men. Meekness is not having confidence in oneself but in God. When a person totally trusts in God they do not have to push their own way or agenda. We then see meekness as coming from a point of strength not weakness. Meekness is self control, or not fighting for things we want to have. It is allowing God to fight for us. Meekness only comes through daily dying to self and this process takes faith, courage, patience and time.
The more knowledge we acquire of the Word of God the meeker we should become. “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:13-18
There is a story of a town that held a contest to elect the meekest man. Finally one was chosen and he was given a ribbon of recognition. When he wore the ribbon the next day he lost his supposed “meekness” and was no longer considered meek.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Having been found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even unto death on the cross.” (Phil. 2:5-8)
Beloved, we must show so much of Jesus’s meekness, humility and love that people will be won to His beauty of holiness.
I believe every one senses that we are in the most critical times of human history. We are on the precipice of great destruction and chaos in the world and great victory for the church. There are many hungry souls out there looking for a way of escape from the bondage of sin. The kingdom of darkness holds multitudes in its grip. I believe the chains and strong-holds would fall off many if only the true church would rise up and extend a strong arm of mercy and deliverance to those with one foot already in the flames of hell.
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion making a difference: and others save with fear pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:21
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” I Peter 3:15
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” Ephesians 4:11
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows, but thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (I Timothy 6:10)
One of Jesus’ first sermons was to tell the multitudes that the meek would inherit the earth. So it is obvious this subject is one of great importance to us all. When our Lord returns we want Him to know us and when we see Him we will be like Him. If He has told us that we are to follow His pattern of meekness then we know in that day He will turn away from those who have pride in their hearts.
“Likewise ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder, Yea all of you be subject one to another; and be clothed with humility, for God resisteth the proud but giveth grace to the lowly.” (I Peter 5:5)
“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” Matthew 22:11
I have always believed the wedding garments mentioned in this passage of scripture were for those who have obeyed the gospel and are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. They have repented, been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost. We can’t have pure and holy garments unless our sins are washed away and the name of Jesus is written on us.
However, as a result of this study I am beginning to wonder if those holy wedding garments the Lord is looking for may be one more thing we have overlooked. The above scripture says we are to be “clothed in humility”. Beloved, without humility and meekness we are none of His.
“Seek ye the Lord all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment, seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” Zephaniah 2:3
One final thought. Moses was the meekest man on the face of the earth but when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it, he allowed the flesh to control the situation and for that moment lost his meekness. That one act of disobedience did not cost him his salvation, but it did cost him entrance into Canaan. Being filled with the Holy Ghost is not a one-time event. It is a day to day progressive journey of being transformed into His likeness by the power of the Spirit, so His fruits will flow through us like a clear river.