“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness…” (Galatians 5:22-23)
We now come to the fruit of the Spirit of meekness.
Our definition of “meekness” is (Greek) “praotēs”; the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent, even-balanced in tempers and passions, and patient in suffering injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge.
Our Lord Jesus Christ set the perfect example of exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit; and we, the Children of God, are to follow His example. There are some who would say – Well, Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. If someone does something to me, then I have to get even.
Well, dear friend, you are right. Jesus was God manifested in the flesh – but you also must remember Philippians 2:5-8:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5)
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:” (Philippians 2:6)
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” (Philippians 2:7)
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
Then there is 1 John 4:4b, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
The Word of God leaves us with no excuse when it comes to our attitude, or behavior, as Christians. Again we have Jesus as our example.
“For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” (1 Peter 2:19)
“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” (1 Peter 2:20)
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” (1 Peter 2:21)
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” (1 Peter 2:22)
“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” (1 Peter 2:23)
Our Lord showed a Spirit of meekness while He was here on earth. How much more should we that name the Name of Christ?
Let’s see what our Lord says about this in Matthew 5:
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” (Matthew 5:11)
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:12)
Then there is:
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
The Word of God does not miss the mark when it comes to Christian conduct. It spells it out plainly for us.
“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” (Romans 12:17)
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18)
There are many more Scriptures that this writer could use. The Word of God is so powerful, how can anyone deny it?
Are we bearing this fruit of the Spirit?