The presence of the Holy Spirit will manifest itself in certain ways often called the fruits [or indicators] of the presence of the Holy Spirit, which will develop more and more over time, as we overcome more and more and grow in godliness.
The scriptures contain a list of the Fruits of God’s Spirit and also a list of the Gifts of God’s Spirit. Fruits means the evidence of God’s Spirit and nature in a person. The Gifts of love, wisdom, knowledge and faith are the same as the fruits, but the gifts of healing, prophecy and tongues are additional special gifts for the edifying of the whole assembly. This series will present identical Fruits and Gifts together in the same articles, and will place those specific Gifts [healing, tongues and prophecy] not included in the list of Fruits in their own articles.
We call the end results of anything, its consequences or fruits; the Holy Spirit in us produces these fruits in us.
The Holy Spirit is the essence and nature of God, therefore GOD IS: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love [agape], joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 523 Meekness, temperance: and we are to grow to become like God.
The fruits of God’s Spirit are the evidences or proofs of God’s Spirit and nature in us. When we plant a seed that seed will germinate and grow to become a plant. When God plants his Holy Spirit in us, it will grow [if nurtured by much study, putting away sin and internalizing godliness, and obedience to every Word of God] and fill us with the nature of God [the nature of God being the nature of God’s Spirit [the fruits of the Spirit].
The nature of God and of the Spirit of God in us, grows in us through the unresisted presence and growth of God’s Spirit in us. If we are diligent to learn and to live by every Word of God, to diligently seek all truth – for God is truth, and to reject every false thing, the very nature of God will grow in us, which nature is: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Meekness is the opposite of arrogance, pride, self-will, self-seeking, domination, bullying and competition. Meekness means not exalting the self, not thinking more of ourselves than we ought.
To be a meek person is not a sign of weakness of character, as some may think, but of strength. It takes a strong person and requires great self-control to deny self and submit to others, to their wishes and needs, as long as doing so does not compromise with God’s laws and precepts.
Meekness is not the same as weakness. Meekness does not use its power for its own defense or selfish ends. Meekness is controlled strength or power completely surrendered to God’s control.
It is an attitude of mind in which all of our thoughts and actions are brought into the perfect control of the Holy Spirit. The courage, strength, conviction, and gentleness of meekness come from God’s Holy Spirit.
To have meekness is a very important fruit of God’ Spirit, and to be meek in all that we think, say, and do is to exhibit the very meekness that is ultimately the Spirit of Christ Himself.
The fruit of meekness (just like the other fruits of God’s Spirit) is so important, that without it one will not be in God’s Kingdom, for God will not tolerate those who are filled with pride. Only those who are meek and humble will be in God’s Kingdom!
The Fruit of Godly Meekness and Humility
The fruits of God’s Spirit are the evidences or proofs of God’s Spirit in us. When we plant a seed that seed will germinate and grow to become a plant. When God plants his Holy Spirit in us, it will grow [if nurtured by much study, putting away sin and internalizing godliness, and obedience to every Word of God] and fill us with the nature of God [the nature of God being the nature of God’s Spirit [the fruits of the Spirit].
We live in the midst of a world that teaches that “only the strong survive”; “the survival of the fittest”; that to be a success in this life we must be aggressive, self-aggrandizing, overbearing, competitive, domineering and even cut-throat.
The media and advertising industries use their actors and actresses to portray that the proud, haughty, self-willed, egotistic men and women are those we should look up to as examples of how we can become successful and important people in our society. If we want to be successful and important like they are, they imply that we should live as they live and that we should behave as they do to get ahead in this world and to get what we want from others.
But what does the Bible say about how we should live? An Old Testament prophet once asked that question and recorded it in Scripture for us.
In Micah 6:6, Micah asks God “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God?” [How do I show reverence and live my life before God?]
Micah 6:6 . . . shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
None of these things is what God really wants, He wants us to walk before Him in meek humility and to love justice and mercy.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
The eighth fruit of the Spirit called “Meekness.”
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Meekness is one of the fruits of the Spirit; a quality that we will develop if we are being led by the Spirit and if we are walking in God’s Spirit. To enter the Kingdom of God, we must have this necessary virtue as well as all the other fruits of the Spirit. We receive these things through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, and God’s Spirit is given only to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32).
What is it like to be meek? We know that Moses was called “very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth”(Numbers 12:3).
And Jesus was very meek, He said… “I am meek and lowly in heart…” (Matthew 11:29)
The Greek word for meekness used in Galatians 5 is prautés (Strong’s #4240) and means; mildness, i.e. (by implication) humility – meekness.
Meekness as used in the Bible is extremely difficult to translate into modern English, because we think “meek” implies weakness. Sometimes it is translated “gentleness,” but that also implies weakness in our modern usage.
The best way to know the meaning of a Biblical word is to study verses in the Bible where it is exemplified. As we do, we will come to see that meekness is an spirit or quality of heart, an attitude whereby a person willingly accepts and submits without resistance to the will and desires of someone else.
1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
We can know from this verse that to have a meek and quiet [humble] spirit is very pleasing to God and He values it highly in a person.
A meek person is not self-seeking, is not self-willed, not continually concerned about himself, and desiring to dominate others with his own wishes, ideas, and ways of doing things or opinions. He is willing to put God’s Word and others before himself and submit himself to every Word of God.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
The Hebrew word for Humility is anavah (Strong’s #6038) and is an attitude or quality of mind whereby a person holds low esteem or opinion of his own goodness and importance; the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people; the quality or state of being humble.
Spiritually, a humble person abases himself because he acknowledges his own sinfulness and weaknesses, therefore he is willing to depend on God to meet His needs. It is the opposite of pride, arrogance, haughtiness, and self-exaltation.
Paul teaches us to be followers of him as he followed Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1). Paul described himself as serving the Lord with all humility:
Acts 20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
What does the Bible teach about meekness, humility, gentleness, and lowliness in contrast to pride, selfishness, self-will, and arrogance? Why should we as Christians seek to be meek and humble? If we walk in pride, arrogance, self-exaltation are we really being beacons of light to the world?
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Jesus Christ who was the Creator of mankind and also of heaven and earth, humbled Himself to come down to live as a man in the flesh, and by doing so, chose to become a servant to all mankind. To be humble is to serve.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Peter tells of our Lord and Savior’s example of meekness that we might follow in His steps:
1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 2:22 Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 2:23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.
Jesus Christ and His servant Moses were two of the most meekest and yet greatest men who ever lived. They are examples of meekness and humility that we can aspire to be like; and if we seek to be like them we need to possess the that they had. We are blessed [or happy] if we have the beatitude of meekness as we learned a couple of months ago.
We Must have Meekness and Humility Toward God
In God’s Word, meekness and being humble should be first shown as submissiveness toward God, then second toward men. As Scriptures instructs us, meekness and humility toward God require that we recognize our sinfulness and our dependence on God’s mercy and empowerment.
Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
The Publican who pleaded for God’s mercy admitted that he was a sinner. The Pharisee could only see his self-righteousness and none of his own sins. He compared himself to others and thought of himself as better and more righteous because he was not an extortioner, adulterer, or unjust, yet he was full of arrogance, pride, selfishness and self-aggrandizement.
The Pharisee could not see that all people are sinners including himself. None of us have the right to look down on anyone else by thinking that we have no sin but that others do. The Publican is our example of how we are to humble ourselves, recognizing our sinful natures and calling on God to forgive us.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
If we say we have not sinned, or think of ourselves as being above other sinners, we are liars. We are all sinners and often need God’s forgiveness. He is faithful to forgive us and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness; we just need to humbly ask for His mercy just like the Publican with sincere repentance.
2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
In Meekness We Humbly Depend on God
It is God who created us and gives us everything we need to live, including the help He provides through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit to live righteously and humbly before Him.
All things come by His provision and might, not by our own power. We are helpless and are nothing without Him. When we realize how weak we really are, we appreciate His goodness and we exalt Him, not ourselves or others.
This understanding motivates us to depend on God to meet all of our needs, physical and spiritual. We become like little children when we see God as our Parent, the One who provides for us and knows what is best for us. We go to Him in prayer when we need help; and we go to His Word for instruction on how we should live our lives. We have faith that He will take care of us and we humbly admit that we cannot take care of ourselves or guide our own way through this world without Him.
We come to see that we need His Spiritual food [every Word of God] more than we need physical food; to provide the strength and nourishment we need to survive spiritually. “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Proper meekness and humility toward God is admitting that we are sinful, needy, weak, foolish, naive, unprofitable, and that we are unable to do for ourselves what only God can do.
All good things come from God, even those things that we may take for granted, thinking that they are automatically there for us; like our food, water, air, sunshine, our bodies, our health, our homes and families and everything that we could possible think of, including all the spiritual gifts that He makes available to us. He is all power and goodness and when we see Him as such, it makes us want to fall to our knees in grateful adoration and appreciation.
Having godly humility leads us to worship and exult Him, to have faith and trust in His will, and to give Him all the the glory, rather than exalting self, or others, or anything other than Him.
Humble Submission To All of God’s Commandments
Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. 8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
We know that this is the Scripture (verse 3) that Jesus quoted to Satan when Satan tempted Him to turn the stones into bread. He was provoking Jesus to perform a miracle outside of the Fathers’s will and timing for Him. This explains why Jesus would quote this verse because bread (or food) alone does not sustain life for we eventually will die even if we have plenty of physical bread. It is ultimately God that sustains all life by His spiritual bread, the Word of God. Thus it is our responsibility to humbly trust in God and remain in His will which is to take in the whole Word of God and apply it to our lives. (John 5:39-40)
God’s laws and commandments are the standard we are to aim for and if we humbly submit to His truth and what He says is right and do it, we will measure up to what He wants for us and we will walk in God’s righteousness.
God gives us a better understanding of the Scriptures and prophecies (Daniel 12:4, 9) a little at a time and He watches to see if we will be submissive to God’s Word before taking us further.
In this way God is trying to help all of us to see we have been prideful of our own supposed knowledge and understanding and is giving us a chance to repent and walk more humbly and to more fully obey Him and what He says in His Word.
Being submissive to God takes meekness and humility and we must all grow in this area and be like little children who want to learn.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [burden], and follow me.
It takes a meek and humble person to deny himself (to turn from his own ways and admit error) and to deny his own pride and live by every Word of God no matter what.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Meekness towards God’s Word requires that we put sin, pride, evil, and our own ways out of our lives, including our past traditions that are contrary to God’s ways; and to be doers of the Word and not just hearers.
James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
We must go after the milk of God’s Word as tenaciously as a newborn babe, rather than looking to men to tell us what we need to believe just because they say so; if they are not teaching according to the scriptures.
If we study God’s Word and apply it to our lives as we learn, we will be given even more of God’s understanding and will continue to grow and thrive on His spiritual food. It is those who reject what God says in His Word and who are not keeping His laws and precepts that will stop growing. (John 15:2, Mark 4:24-25)
1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
If we are truly humble and meek, and hold ourselves in low esteem compared to God’s exalted greatness, we will submit to all of His His will; including all His commandments, ordinances, statutes, precepts and judgments.
This is why the Bible so often associates repentance with humbling oneself.
Proverbs 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.15:33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Brethren, if we are seeking God’s truth and applying it in our lives, receiving gladly the things of God proving what is true from the Bible, we will be counted among the wise and will be wise for doing so.
Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
Submit to Human Authorities: In The Lord
We are to be humble, submissive and meek to God and toward human authorities as well.
To be humble is to submit to every Word of God; those who are proud do not want to submit.
As Christians called out to be obedient to His laws in every way, God also tells us to fulfill our responsibility of being obedient to the laws of the land. The Spirit of meekness helps us to do so in lieu of living in rebellion against rulers and authorities that God has ordained to maintain peace and order in our societies.
By being willing to be model citizens when we can, by obeying those laws that do not conflict with God’s laws; we set an example and develop a habit of being law abiding and not full of the spirit of lawlessness.
Yes, we are to obey God rather than men, but God specifically tells to be subject and obedient toward those who have the rule over us if its possible to do so without breaking God’s commandments.
Those who are being groomed and trained to be rulers and kings in the Kingdom of God must first learn to humbly submit to those who are in authority themselves, before we can be given the responsibility of being in authority over others.
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. [But only if it is in the Lord; we are not to obey higher authorities if they want us to sin against God!] For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
When we submit to the ordinances of man we are giving a witness that we do it because God commands us to and we are really submitting to God.
1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
Meekness Towards Family Members
One of the most important areas to exercise meekness is in our families and with our mates. Without meekness and humility, these relationships will suffer. The following verses provide us with principles that we should employ to keep peace, harmony and unity within our own homes. These commands are from God and are for our good; and if followed, they will create strong healthy families, if all involved are submitting to these principles according to godliness.
1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Again the same principle as to obeying higher authorities: but “only in the Lord” [consistent with the Word of God] applies here as well. We are not to obey higher authorities if they want us to sin against God!
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
The same principles of humbly submitting to parents, employers, and legitimate authorities, are required of those who are the called out ones, members of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Jesus, Himself is our example for He always obeys His Father and does God’s will.
John 5:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
None of us are exempt from obeying proper human authorities if what is being required does not conflict with the laws of God. We submit, for it is God’s will and He wants obedient children that are good examples of doing good in our communities and in our homes. This teaches us the lesson and habit of meekness and humility before authorities; a very valuable attribute that must be developed in our characters if we want to be part of His family in His Kingdom.
Those who refuse to obey are self-willed and don’t want to do what the law says, they want to do what they want to do, unwilling to submit to lawful authority. We all need to learn meekness, humility and submission to lawful authority, but we are to only obey men if it does not demand that we disobey God. (Acts 5:29).
We do what God commands us to do first, then we do what those in authority demand of us in keeping the laws of the land. We do what we desire to do only when it is allowed by God and by proper human authorities.
The solution to our self-willed, stubborn, rebellious attitude toward authority is humility, meekness and submission to lawful authority.
So far in our modern Isralitish countries, it is fairly easy to submit to both God and our human rulers, but we are quickly losing our religious liberties and we may be severely tested at some point in the future as to whether we will obey God or obey men.
Honor Others Rather Than Exalting Ourselves
One who is truly meek and humble does not belittle or neglect the good qualities of others in order to exalt himself.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
God wants us to be honest and realistic in evaluating ourselves, comparing ourselves to the Word of God and not to others.
A meek person does not focus on how to make a big impression on others or how to receive recognition and honor.
A meek person avoids envy and competition and seeks the common good of others.
James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
If God’s people are living by every Word of God they will have the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, including meekness, which will work together with the other fruits of the Spirit to bring peace with God and the godly.
It is very important though, that we understand that meekness still demands total doctrinal purity. It is neither meekness nor humility to allow error to go uncorrected. The Scripture above in James says “wisdom from above, (God’s kind of wisdom) is first PURE, then peaceable.
As we are being taught by the Bible and by those sent by God: Remember this message: “PEACE AT ANY PRICE; LEADS TO UNITY WITH SIN.”
Sacrificing unity with God by compromising with God’s Word to bring an appearance of unity within a group, benefits no one except Satan the devil and will bring ruin and destruction to all those that compromise to attain such so-called unity.
The meek person wants to please and obey God first in all things and is totally submissive to EVERY WORD of GOD.
After putting God first, a meek person is reasonable, helpful and cooperates with others for what is best and to do God’s work. But he will not seek to exalt himself and his own desires to the harm of the Ekklesia.
We Must Speak out Against Error and False Teaching
Sometimes it is thought and even taught that a meek humble person should not speak out against sin and error.
This is not the Biblical definition of what it means to be meek and loving. True love and true meekness takes courage and sometimes forcefulness to take a stand or speak out in defense of God’s truth and in how we should be applying His truth by keeping the Commandments the way He tells us to.
Earlier we gave the example of Jesus and Moses as both being very meek and mild men and yet the Bible shows in Scripture of when they became angry in the face of sinning people and they vehemently took action to correct the problems.
At the beginning of this study, we quoted Scriptures that expressly tell us that both Jesus and Moses were meek men. But how did they react to evil?
Exodus 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. 32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
32:21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? 32:22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. 32:23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.32:24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. 32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 32:27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. 32:28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
Moses became very angry; the Bible says that his anger waxed hot and he told the people very explicitly that they were sinning. By the time the disciplinary action was complete, three thousand people had been slain. Yet as stated in other places in Scripture, he was the meekest man on earth at that time! This was the act of a meek and humble man!
Likewise we see that Jesus spoke up in the face of evil doers as well.
Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
In these statements Jesus plainly pointed out the problems and sins of the Pharisees and told his disciples not to follow such blind guides.
In Matthew 23 Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites, blind guides, fools and blind, children of hell, and woe unto them for the things they were doing, whitewashed sepulchers, children of those who killed the prophets, a generation of vipers.
Some may say or believe that these words used to describe the Pharisees were not the words of a humble man; but there is no contradiction in the Bible between meekness and the firm rebuking of sin. The conflict exists in the minds of people who do no understand meekness.
Jesus never sinned so these actions were not sin on His part, but were part of His job of speaking the truth in love and warning others not to emulate evil people or to follow them.
Jesus said the He was meek and lowly in heart and yet He was not WEAK.
John 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
John 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
John 22:14-16 is the account of Jesus driving out the money changers and dishonest sellers of animals out of the Temple.
Jesus did not mince words when dealing with the corrupt leaders and false teachers of His day; and neither did the apostles and neither should we.
Meekness requires that we are to oppose sin and false doctrine in ourselves, in the lives of others, and in the Ekklesia.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
Why are these such grievous sins that need to be dealt with so vigorously?
Because false leaders and teachers attempt to turn people away from the faith and Word of God, while all the while making themselves out to very important and taking advantage of those that look up to them.
Jesus calls them thieves and robbers and that they come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:8,10). They are being used by Satan to attempt to steal away from trusting peoples their faith and therefore their chance at eternal life and this teachers pervert the right ways of God.
People are simply mistaken if they think a meek person should never rock the boat and tell others when they are wrong or that they are sinning.
In the Bible we have Scriptures that instruct us to be meek and we have other Scriptures that say we must correct others when they are in error. Meekness is like any of the other fruits, it must be toward God first and then follow through with the responsibilities He has given to us to keep evil out of His Ekklesia.
To have meekness and to be humble is to have a willingness to submit to God and to His will.
To be a strong Christian we must stand firmly for the ways of God even if we must resist and oppose all that is a hindrance to the cause of Christ, and we must resist all those who come to us with false teachings and false doctrine. The Father has called us to be on His team and to be completely united with Him and His Son in their cause of holiness and righteousness and they desire that we learn to drive away evil and those who promote their own evil agendas.
Why? Because God instructs us to obey His commands in this regard, so we must do it or we are not meekly submitting to God! Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit and is a virtue that demands that we speak out against falsehood and evil doers.
No, we don’t go around telling people they are a generation of vipers the first time we see something wrong. We must use tact and courtesy with most, making sure that the sin is real and is fact; then using wisdom in the words we choose and asking God to guide us.
We don’t use such firm language with people who are humbly and sincerely trying to do right but just have a misunderstanding, also remembering that we all make mistakes. But when people have had many opportunities to know the truth and they still reject it or disregard it, and are deliberately misleading or lying then stronger language is needed.
If it is at all possible we must help people to turn away from sin, and to do so is humility and meekness. Meekness is not weakness and sometimes it will take a lot of courage on our part to exhibit this fruit of the Spirit.
Meekness expresses itself first and foremost in an attitude of willingness to submit to God’s Commandments and to all His will. To submit is to be of a humble spirit.
If we want to be like Moses and Jesus, we will follow their examples of wanting to see God’s will and all of His laws respected and obeyed. We must care enough about God’s will being done; enough to be moved to righteous indignation when the situation calls for it. Those who take a stand against sin are the only kind who really are humble and meek. It is God’s Spirit that empowers us to have this kind of meekness!
A lioness is one of the most ferocious and strongest animals in the jungle. With razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws, it can swiftly crush it’s prey and bring down animals that are much bigger and much more muscular than itself. Yet when it comes to its young, a mother lioness can lift and transport its cubs with its jaws with utmost gentleness, being careful to not exert any more pressure than needed to carry it to a place of safety.
Meekness means being humble before God and without selfish pride, never exalting the self; yet being submissive to and strong for every Word of God
Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen
James Malm and Constance Belanger
Note- Constance submitted the original rough draft of this article in 2015, which I then completed for posting.