The Nature and
Source of Meekness
What promise is made to
Blessed are the
meek. For they will inherit the earth.
Note Meek: The Greek
word thus translated means gentle,
What did Christ say of
His own character?
Take my yoke upon
you and learn from me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for
your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is
What is said of the
character of Moses?
Now Moses was a
very humble man, more humble than anyone else
on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3.
Of what is meekness a
But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
self-control. Against such things there is no
law. Galatians 5:22,23.
Gods Fellowship With the
With whom does God dwell?
For this is what the
high and lofty One says he who lives
forever, whose name is holy; I live in a
high and holy place, but also with him who is
contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the
spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of
the contrite. Isaiah 57:15.
Whom has God promised to guide
He guides the
humble in what is right and teaches them his
way. Psalm 25:9.
Humble and Exaltation
What does Christ say of
those who exalt themselves?
everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Note The spirit of
self-exaltation is of Satan. (See Isaiah
14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:17.) Christ humbled Himself,
made Himself of no reputation, and became
obedient even to the death on the cross. (See
By what means did Jesus
illustrate true humility?
He called a little
child and had him stand among them, And he said, I
tell you the truth, unless you change and become
like little children, you will never enter the
kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever
humbles himself like this child is the greatest
in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew
Note Humility is
freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness
of mind; a modest estimate of ones own
worth. It implies a sense of ones own
unworthiness through imperfection and sinfulness,
and consists in rating our claims low, in being
willing to waive our rights, and to take a
lower place than might be our due. It does
not require that we understand ourselves or our
lifework. The humility of Christ was perfect, yet
He had a true sense of the importance of His life
Humility is like a
tree, whose root, when it sets deepest in the
earth, rises higher, and spreads fairer and
stands surer, and lasts longer, and every step of
its descent is like a rib of iron.
Humbleness in Action
How will humility lead us to
Do nothing out of
selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in
humility consider others better than yourselves.
When asked a reason for our
hope, in what spirit should we answer?
But in your hearts set
apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give
an answer to everyone who asks you to give a
reason for the hope that you have. But do this
with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter
Who should labor for one
overtaken in a fault, and in what spirit?
Brothers, if someone
is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual
should restore him gently. But watch
yourself, or you also may be tempted.
With what should Christian
women adorn themselves?
Your beauty should
not come from outward adornment, such as braided
hair and the wearing of jewelry and fine clothes.
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the
unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in Gods sight.
1 Peter 3:3,4.
What are the humble
warned to seek?
Seek the Lord, all
you humble of the land, you who do what he
commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the
Lords anger. Zephaniah 2:3.
Note The fact that
the humble are warned to seek humility is
evidence that the humble themselves should
cherish and cultivate humility, and thus
sanctification, or the development of a perfect
character, is a progressive work.
The Reward of the
Why are we warned to
therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that
he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter
higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in
his own esteem. Spurgeon.
With what has the Lord
promised to beautify the humble?
For the Lord takes
delight in his people; he crowns the humble
What inheritance is
promised to the meek?
A little while, and
the wicked will be no more; though you look for
them, they will not be found. But the meek
will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.
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