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“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls”
 
with meekness
 
“Meekness” is in-wrought grace. It’s a sense of God’s grace worked into our souls. Meek people have a sense of humility because they know that everything they have, they have by grace and without merit.
 
We direct this quality of character chiefly towards God, not man. We accept all God’s dealings with us as good. We do not resent what God deals us. It is the condition of mind that believes God’s will is good.
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness [meekness], considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Galatians. 6:1).
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…” (Colossians 3:12).
“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…” (1 Peter 3:15).
Jesus was meek.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
“Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ— who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you” (2 Corinthians 10:1).
Principle:
Meekness is an attitude that we earn or deserve nothing from God but that everything we have from Him is by grace.
Application:
A meek person is someone who knows that he or she neither earns nor deserves anything from God. He understands that it is only by God’s grace that God uses him.
For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)
A meek person is a teachable person. The capacity to be teachable is crucial to properly absorb God’s Word for it implies that this person is open to deal with his or her sins.
If we receive the Word with an attitude of letting it correct and mold our values, it will have a saving influence on our lives. The greater our capacity to welcome the principles of the Word, the more we act on those principles, the greater impact on our Christian lives.
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