Meekness, The Adornment Of The Heart

But the fruit of the Spirit is :-LOVE:- joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control Galatians 5:22 Do not let your adornment be merely outward but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:4

Galatians 5:22

1 Peter 3:4

Godly Graces
Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast. Love is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 – But as for you, O man of God… pursue righteousness; godliness; faith; love; steadfastness; gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11. 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. Matthew 11:29

Dictionary Definition
The dictionary definition of MEEKNESS is.. yielding; obedient; compliant; biddable; tractable; acquiescent; deferential; unassuming; timid; unprotesting; unresisting; like a lamb to the slaughter; quiet; mild; gentle; docile; lamb-like; shy; diffident; tame; self-effacing.. Its antonym is assertive, self-confident; bold; decisive; authoritative; self-assured; self-possessed; forthright; firm; insistent; determined; strong-willed; forceful, assured, commanding; emphatic; pushy..

A Gracious Attribute
So often meekness is aligned with weakness rather than controlled strength. Some consider meekness is thinking meanly about oneself – or others. The picture is often of rather a pathetic, timid little creature.. that wouldn’t say ‘boo’ to a goose. And yet Moses was meek – and Jesus was “meek and lowly of heart,” – and we are told to learn of Him. And we are told to take His yoke of meekness on our shoulders. So meekness is not an inferiority complex or mean thinking or self or others.

An Indefinable Gift
Meekness requires a sober contemplation about ourselves and others too. Indeed in its scriptural context, meekness is a truly gracious virtue.. a special quality that beautifies the character of the one that is meek. An indefinable grace that beautifully augments other godly traits and gifts. A man or woman ‘gifted‘ in the areas that the world holds dear..includes.. intellectual capability; physical beauty; athletic prowess; charismatic charm; artistic capacity; superior oratory skills; business acumen – technical understanding. Many become cool and critical towards others not so accomplished – and not so competent as they.

A Humble Heart
But the one that is meek and lowly of heart will be helpful to those less privileged, demonstrating a precious understanding towards others.. and a gracious empathy of spirit. In the believer, this grace of meekness is from the Spirit of God. It is an inner garment of humility that blossoms in his soul – not the merely self-developed, efflorescent characteristics of the natural man. In the child of God, this is precious maturing fruit from the Holy Spirit of God.. not the learned accomplishments or skills acquired via a rich, full and fleshly life.

A Fruit of the Spirit
Where spiritual fruit is lacking in us.. let us seek the Lord for His increase in our lives. For the fruit of the Spirit is love; joy; peace; patience; kindness; goodness; faithfulness; gentleness; self-control.. against such things there is no law. Meekness of soul will be the outworking of such spiritual fruit. We are to follow after this grace which holds so high a price in the sight of God.. and it will be developed as we take up His yoke and walk with Him – Who Himself is meek and lowly of heart. Let us seek the Lord for the increase of the Holy Spirit in our lives.. and meekness will surely be one of the results of such earnest seeking.

A Precious Promise
There are many promises that are associated with meekness.. this poor relation of love and gentleness. We read that the meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord. The meek shall increase their joy in the Lord as well. The meek shall eat and be satisfied and the meek shall also inherit the earth. God will be a guide to the meek. He will lift up those that are meek. He has also promised to teach the meek His ways. He has promised to preach good tidings unto the meek. He has promised to beautify them with salvation. It appears that the way of faith is also the way of meekness.

The Way Of Faith
Meekness may mean that we do not defend ourselves when misunderstood. Meekness may mean that we forbear from explaining or justifying our actions. Meekness may demand submission to unfair demands or unkind remarks. Meekness requires us to commit ourselves and our entire reputation to the Lord.. for He is the righteous judge and we can trust Him in all things. Remember, He trod the way of meekness before you.. demonstrating His humble, lowly, contrite, heart … “resigned; submissive; meek.” We read in Matthew eleven: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart. Matthew 11:29

The Way of the Master
This was the way the Master trod.  Should not the servant tread it still?  Do not let your adornment be merely outward.. rather let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart.. with the imperishable beauty.. even an ornament of a gentle, meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God is very precious. 1 Peter 3:4

Go, labour on: spend, and be spent,
Thy joy to do the Father’s will:
It is the way the Master went;
Should not the servant tread it still?

Go, labour on! ’tis not for naught-
Thine earthly loss is heavenly gain;
Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
The Master praises: what are men?

Go, labour on! enough, while here,
If He shall praise thee, if He design_
The willing heart to mark and cheer:
No toil for Him shall be in vain.

Go, labour on! Your hands are weak,
Your knees are faint, your soul cast down;
Yet falter not; the prize you seek
Is near—a kingdom and a crown.


Bible References

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

29 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.

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

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