Meekness is such a beautiful and admirable character trait to walk in. A New testament encouragement that embodies meekness is;
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I think of the recent great failure in this I experienced. My daughter Sarah had been in an accident and it was the other drivers fault. The insurance company we had to deal with jerked her around and cost her lost time at work and delays on getting her money. I Totally blew it on the phone with the supervisor. I allowed my anger to take over and became demanding and critical. Now I am embarrassed I acted in such a way.
It never achieved what I hoped it would. In fact it might well have caused some of the delays seeing they had little to no desire to do anything after I pulled my stunt. I like to think I learned a great lesson from that mistake.
I don’t want to be all dramatic when situations arise. I just can’t see how it can bring any glory to God when we get all dramatic about what we are going through and act as if there is no hope.
As Americans we do not realize how pushy and demanding we are until we are outside our own borders encountering other cultures. We want the fastest and best service, we want things fixed right now when they go wrong, we expect to never be put out or on hold for anything. Just watch how Americans treat people at the airlines in other countries and you’ll see what I mean.
The modern American spirit is anything but meek. But we have the Spirit of the Living God within if we have put our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus was meekness expressed on the cross.
Christians want to be like Him when it comes to seeing people get healed, or fall under the power of the Spirit, or some miracle take place because they prayed. But who will be like Him when He was the Lamb led to the slaughter, when on a cruel Roman cross He said, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
There are no long lines for that part of His character that I can see. But that is something we all desperately need today. It is something I want to be able to walk in.
About The Author
- Tim Atchley
- Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
- I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.