Nancy continues to encourage us…
Now, there’s balance in all of this because there are things we stuff that we need to say, and there are things we say that we ought to stuff. Discernment and the control of the Spirit helps us to know the difference. There are some things we should be saying that we’re not, and there are some things we shouldn’t be saying that we are. That’s where we need meekness that causes us to stop and think.
Stop and Think! If we would simply take the time to do this each time we’re tempted to be angry, think of the conflicts which could be diverted. It isn’t easy to stop a runaway train in it’s tracks, but God’s Spirit in us makes it possible.
Matthew Henry goes on to say that:
The work of meekness is to calm the spirit so that the inward peace may not be disturbed by any outward provocation.
Outward provocation. Anyone can be at peace when they are not confronted with difficulty. But this is not the life most of us live. Our days are fraught with trouble. Thus, requiring the help of one altogether not like us. We need God! Surprise, surprise! We need a Savior and Christ has made a way for us to escape this bondage to anger, bondage to sin.
When we are provoked, meekness helps us to remember that we, too, are sinners and in need of God’s mercy. That’s why meekness and humility go hand-in-hand with each other. The humble heart is a meek heart; the meek heart is a humble heart. When we’re being provoked, we’re much more inclined to be conscious of other people’s sins than we are of our own. In fact, that’s just human nature.
We just tend to see each other’s failures through a microscope and our own through a telescope. Right? Meekness causes us to realize that we, too, are sinners, and that we are desperately in need of God’s mercy.
Nancy ends her message with several questions which are very helpful in evaluating our own hearts:
- How do you respond when provoked by others?
- How do you respond when they misunderstand you? When someone criticizes you unfairly?
- How do you respond when someone insults or misunderstands your child or your mate?
- How do you respond when your plans are blown by someone else’s insensitivity? They didn’t plan, and their lack of planning or their changing plans threw your plans into total disarray. How do you respond?
- How do you respond when your authority is challenged?
- How do you respond when your boss corrects you for a mistake that someone else made? Do you feel like you’ve got to point it out, that you’ve got to defend yourself?
- How do you respond when someone else gets credit for a great idea that you had?
- How do you respond when someone makes a mistake that costs you.
- How do you respond when somebody cuts you off in traffic? Road rage.
- How do you respond when somebody takes advantage of you, rips you off financially.
I want you to be asking the Lord to show you, “What kind of response do I have? Is my response meek? Or is my response angry? Am I receiving these provocations that others bring into my life as being from the hand of the Lord for my good and for His glory? Or am I reacting in a way that is resentful or retaliatory? Is there meekness in my spirit?”
This week’s look at meekness is hitting me hard – right where I live. What about you? How is God helping you develop a meek spirit? We would love to hear from you!