But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22 (JKV)
We are in the eighth text of the series “Learning about the Fruit of the Spirit”, in which we will delve into what is written in the Bible about the fruit of the Holy Spirit of God, mentioned in the book of Galatians and today we will learn more about meekness. I would like to begin by leaving here the passage from Colossians 3:12: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.1 Peter 3: 15-16 (JKV)
Meekness is keeping calm even in tense situations, who is meek acts with wisdom and calm, not allowing himself to sin when he gets angry, avoiding violence and disrespect. This characteristic is also linked to the Old Testament concept of submission and humility and can be seen in the lives of many biblical characters, who endured attacks and persecutions without becoming angry or resentful.
In the context of Galatians 5, we can see that meekness, together with the other characteristics of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, refers to conduct with other people, opposing the characteristic enmity, discord, jealousy, dissension and outbursts of anger of the works of the flesh. Many may think that being meek is being weak, but it is a mistaken view, because meekness is a virtue that allows you to control strength and apply it correctly.
Therefore, as we have seen, to be meek is to know how to restrict one’s own strength to act appropriately in extreme situations, which shows humility and cordiality. The lack of meekness in someone shows how big his ego is, because the meek endure the insults of men, because they understand that such things are part of the permission of God, that does not mean that we should bow our heads to all harm that they do. us, but it has to do with how our conduct will be in dealing with the situation, will we demonstrate the wisdom that comes from above or the madness that comes from the flesh?
We must also be meek when exhorting someone, seeking the wisdom of God to do this, Jesus being our greatest example of meekness, in all his time here on earth he was meek with his followers and even with his accusers. Even at the time of his death, he had mercy on those who wished him harm and confronted him. Well, who are we not to be meek if our own Lord is so merciful? We need to get rid of our ego and seek a conduct that pleases our father. Remember the famous question, “What would Jesus do?”.
God bless you!
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