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“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering”
 
The fourth garment of spiritual clothing we are to don is “meekness.”
 
“meekness”
Some people think that it is wrong to have good posture. A meek person stands round shouldered. He makes squeaking noises like a mouse. A meek person never uses strong language; he does not even raise his voice. It is as if he were a little mouse that makes little noises. Meekness is a term that is difficult to understand because of its usage in the English. The English has lost the essence of its meaning. It is more than gentleness. It carries the idea of strength. Both Moses and Jesus were called meek.
Meekness is inwrought grace. It demonstrates our dependence on God (Gal. 6:1; I Cor. 4:21; II Tim. 2:25; I Pet. 5:5f). Dependence on God spurs meekness in our relationship with fellow believers.
Meekness is a lowly attitude toward others; it is not weakness. Meekness is a tempered character where one realizes that what he has is from God. This person is not overbearing. Jesus is said to be meek in Matthew 11: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle (meek) and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22,23).
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” Gal. 6:1.
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13).
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
Principle:
Meekness is inwrought grace.
Application:
A meek person is someone who understands that who and what they are is from God. Do you acknowledge that everything you are and have is from God?
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