Meekness: The Forgotten Virtue Newsletter: Week Ending 8-13-11

 Meekness: The Forgotten Virtue

This week’s letter is on a subject near and dear to my heart: Meekness. In our overly aggressive attempt as a nation to be noticed and shine, many have compromised virtues to obtain position, recognition, reputation, and power. This impact has invaded the board rooms of corporate America as well as the Rest Room of our high schools. No area has escaped the influences of what has become the win at any cost attitude. We’re quick to speak and slow to hear. We make demands according to our desire and not according to our ability and skill sets causing frustration and impatience.
The reason for much of this is a serious lack of Meekness and Humility. Meekness is strength under control not to be confused with weakness it is an essential attribute of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Gal. 5:22-23 lists the attributes as follows Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance. In Zep. 2:3 it lets us know that Meekness is a key attribute in seeking the Lord. “Seek ye the Lord all ye Meek of the Earth which have wrought his Meekness: it may be ye shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.”
Meekness can provide a hiding place in the day of wrath not so with the forward tongue. Our best example of this is Jesus Christ (Isa. 53:7) “He open not his mouth in affliction and oppression.”
1. Meekness is an essential attribute in teaching. It is particularly useful when fasting. The opposition of a forward tongue or forward attitude can be addressed with meekness. (See 2 Timothy 2:25 and Titus 3:2.) Meekness will help identify both the wisdom and folly of a matter.
2. Meekness is an essential attribute in listening and hearing. James 1:21 says “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with Meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls. Again remember Meekness is a key agent of Salvation.
In Closing, Meekness is precious in God’s sight: 1 Peter 3:4 says; “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 in the sight of God is of great price.” As Christians our main concern should be how we appear in the sight of the Lord rather than men. We should be God driven and not people driven. We should however, be people sensitive that we may fulfill our service to God in Christ Jesus with meekness. “May the blessing of the Lord make your rich and add no sorrow”

Apostle Bobby G. Johnson