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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Meekness

December 5th, 2011

JOHN SHIRK – Sometimes, meekness is seen as a timid characteristic.  We sing of the Christ child being born meek and mild.  Because a baby is frail by nature, we might tend to equate meekness with weakness.  But according to author Dave Harvey, ‘meekness has nothing to do with being weak or passive. Meekness is power harnessed by love.’

This is a particularly strong characteristic when it comes to responding to sin.  With meekness, we entrust ourselves to God, and do not let the sin of others lead us into a sinful response. This involves restraining angry outbursts, keeping a check on the words we use, and refraining from seeking revenge.

Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil.”

Meekness is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk


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