Fruit of the Spirit (Meekness)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law – Galatians 5:22-23
Meekness is humility and mildness, it’s submissiveness and, timidness. It’s to be toleranant of others, not condoning their sins or behavior, but remembering how at one time we were in the same behavior as they, but through the loving-kindness of others, and God’s love drawing us to Him through others we desired salvation.
Meekness is compliant to the natural laws as well as the spiritual laws. Many will submit to the natural laws because they don’t want to suffer the consequence of having to go to court, receiving jail or prison sentences, paying for tickets or their car being booted. We’re very much aware of the natural laws, but many professing Christians aren’t aware of the spiritual law. There is a penalty for breaking spiritual laws.
God has given us written instructions to live by, it’s to our advantage to follow the instructions, that’s if we’re planning on being citizens of the kingdom of heaven. A believer’s life should match the excellency of Christ’s calling. One of Jesus’ attitudes that was demonstrated when He was on earth was meekness. As followers of Jesus, we have to cultivate by the determination to place others above ourselves. Only the Holy Spirit can empower us to treat people this way consistently.
When the word meekness is mentioned, people take meekness as someone easy to get along with, someone who allows people to say or do anything they want to them without confrontation. Meekness is confronting the problem with wisdom and kindness. When a person has meekness, it doesn’t mean they are weak, but they are strong. Strong enough to not allow someone to make them say something or do something that will make them lose what God has given them that took years for them to accomplish and then to allow someone to take it away in seconds by the way we respond in actions or words.
Meekness is one of the attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit, and it’s something that professing Christians should have. If the Fruit of the Spirit is not being manifested, it’s a possibility the Spirit is not residing in the individual. When the Holy Spirit is residing, He shows up in our character and behavior. Our speech is different, our mannerism is different, we think different, our behavior is different, our desires for secular things are different. We will be an example of our Father to the secular world as well as the spiritual world.