Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Humble, Gentle & Meek
by Erik Momsen
The way we conduct ourselves in the world and towards others is testimony of Christ formed in us. The condition of our deepest spirit is displayed in the sum of our dealings. We might have a great knowledge of the Word and Christian morals but our behavior proves the real condition of our hearts.
I'm not immune to a “good fight”. Be it over an incorrect utility bill or bad service. I find however that the results do not open the door to the Gospel. I am left unsettled and with heartburn.
I believe I have to fight for my own rights and try to set the world straight. The belligerent and self-centered attitude does not accomplish the things of God. David, shepherd boy and King however has different advice.
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:1-11)
My modus operandi should be !!! – “Trust God and do good”.
The result – property & provision – i.e God's protection.
“Delight yourself in the Lord …. “ = Seek first the Kingdom … and all things will be added”
“You don't have to put up a fight - you don't have to always be right – let me take some of the punches for you tonight” - Bono about his father.
You don't always have to be the strongman - another name for the stongman is Satan. That is his way.
Rest - patiently - fear not - no anger - no wrath - fret not = without these attitudes we see argument and strife. Do we not attack and defend ourselves because we are without peace, patience & afraid?
Barnes' notes on the Bible - “meekness is patience in the reception of injuries. It is neither meanness nor a surrender of our rights, nor cowardice; but it is the opposite of sudden anger, of malice, of long-harbored vengeance. … Meekness produces peace. It is proof of true greatness of soul. It comes from a heart too great to be moved by little insults. It looks upon those who offer them with pity. He that is constantly ruffled; that suffers every little insult or injury to throw him off his guard and to raise a storm of passion within, is at the mercy of every mortal that chooses to disturb him. He is like "the troubled sea that cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt."
MEEKNESS - VITAL FOR CHRISTIANS
"Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly (humble & gentle) in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls." Matthew 11:29
“Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass,” (Matthew 21:5)
“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” (Titus 3:1-2)
“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.” (1 Peter 5:15)
“In a similar way, you wives must submit yourselves to your husbands so that, even if some of them refuse to obey the word, they may be won over without a word through your conduct as wives when they see your pure and reverent lives. Your beauty should not be an external one, consisting of braided hair or the wearing of gold ornaments and dresses. Instead, it should be the inner disposition of the heart, consisting in the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which God values greatly. After all, this is how holy women who set their hope on God used to make themselves beautiful in the past. They submitted themselves to their husbands." (1Peter 3:1-5)
MEEKNESS IS NOT WEAKNESS --- IT IS WISDOM
self-control, patience, inner strength, health, confidence, peace
James 1:20 “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
“For human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Date Added: 2011-06-07
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