Cultivating A Spirit of Meekness
Being filled wiht meekness is a result of being filled with the power of God’s Spirit. Thus, developing meekness comes as we cast ourselves on God seeking his Spirit to walk in meekness. Make it a daily part of your life to hunger for this in prayer with the confidence that God is a good Father who is happy to answer our requests: "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" (Luke 11:13)
Fix your gaze on Jesus and his meekness. Meekness is realized as we fix our eyes on Jesus. As Isaiah points out to us, Jesus is a supreme model of meekness, "He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out" (Is. 42:1). Another demonstration of Christ's meekness is highlighted by Peter, "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly" (1 Pt 2:23).
Fear God not man. Meekness is realized in our hearts as we trust God to right wrongs and balance the scales. Knowing that God is the avenger or all wrongs allows the freedom to not retaliate or seek revenge for the wrongs committed against us.
Form a true estimate of self. Meekness is realized as we humble ourselves before the glory of God and begin to see how far we fall short, resulting in a brokenness of spirit. Once humbled we see the true nature of sin and then mourn over it seeing that we do not deserve God’s grace and mercy. These two internal truths help us see ourselves rightly which breed meekness before God and others. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "The man who is truly meek is the one who is amazed that God and man think of him as well as they do and treat him as well as they do." We must take Paul's advice on this point, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment" (Rom 12:3).
Consider the value/benefit of trials, aging and sickness. Meekness is realized as we see value of trials. Moses. Number 12:3 calls Moses the "meekest man on earth." While called the meekest man, his natural disposition was not this way. Moses was self-sufficient, self-reliant, trained to be a leader. Yet through time and trials, 40 years of loneliness and isolation, God brings Moses’ spirit to strength under control, God’s control.
Practice meekness. Meekness is perfected as we practice it. Being meek leads to meekness. In the next conflict you experience, submit to God and trust him to defend you. In your next argument, consider your actions before you defend yourselves and then speak with gentleness. The next time you are criticized, do not simply return the criticism but consider who you really are, as God sees you. The next time someone says or does evil, look at God's fathomless grace to you and do something good in return, keeing in mind these words, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Rom 12:21). Repent for your failure at meekness.
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