Priceless (Part 2)
We discovered a few of the characteristics that define this fruit:
– Free from pride
Last week we took a look at a fruit of the Spirit that may not be as familiar — meekness.
I want these traits to be evident in my life. I’m sure you do too! Today we’ll see the meekness Jesus displayed throughout His lifetime. Our attention will be drawn to some amazing promises associated with meekness. And because of the work of the Holy Spirit within us, we’ll be reminded that we, too, can exhibit this desirable fruit.
Ready? Let’s get started!
The following is an excerpt for my Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful with a few additions.
A Word from God’s Word
Meekness is valued by God. Jesus showed us what this character trait looked like when He walked on earth. From the moment He laid his power and glory aside and took on flesh, an unmistakable humility was obvious in this One who was both God and man.
Never has gentleness, tenderness, and an absence of pride been more evident than in the life of our Savior.
Although He was the King of kings, He chose to do things far differently than the kings of his day.
Jesus entered the city exactly as it had been foretold by the prophet Zechariah over 500 years earlier: on a donkey’s colt, meek and lowly (Zechariah 9:9).
Words from the cross
Fast forward to the crucifixion. Instead of spewing out words of hatred at those who mocked Him, Jesus prayed for His Father to forgive them. He endured the excruciating pain and humility of the cross because He chose to submit to the Father’s will. Meekness characterized both His life and death.
Jesus wants us to live our lives following His example. Several promises are linked to living a life of meekness.
Look at what the Psalmist David had to say:
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. Psalm 25:9; KJV
Because of their humble attitude, the meek are teachable and the Lord can guide them in justice. These people aren’t know-it-alls. They realize their need for God and His direction in their lives.
The Lord supplies the needs of the meek. David noted the everyday provisions as well as those to follow in eternity:
The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. Psalm 22:26; KJV
When we allow the Holy Spirit to perfect this fruit in our lives, what does the Lord say He will do in Psalm 147:6?
The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Psalm 147:6; KJV
He will lift us up and cast the wicked down. Jesus emphasized this concept in one of many discussions with the Pharisees of His day:
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 14:11 ; KJV
The promises of God are not limited to this lifetime.
Some of the rewards of meekness are still to come. God’s Word speaks of the meek inheriting the earth (Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:11). When Christ is reigning in the future, this promise will be fulfilled.
Someone who has a meek and quiet spirit, and is in tune with the Savior is priceless in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4). It’s important to place the right emphasis on the fruit of the Spirit the Lord values.
How has your view of meekness changed as a result of today’s lesson? How does the Lord want you to respond?
*Meekness is one of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:23. If you’re interested in studying the fruit of the Spirit in greater detail, I’ve written a 10-week Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful, you can pick it up here. Free weekly videos accompany each lesson. Here’s a link to the video for week 8: Meekness: When Yielding is a Good Thing.
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, thank You for the perfect example of meekness in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can’t produce meekness in our own strength. Help us rely on the Spirit to grow this fruit in our lives. Thank You for the wonderful promises related to meekness. Help us live for You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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