Fruit of the Spirit (Gentleness)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – GENTLENESS (MEEKNESS)
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

INTRO – TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN GALATIONS 5:22&23. TODAY WE WILL TALKING ABOUT GENTLENESS (NIV)OR MEEKNESS (KJV).

THE GREEK WORD IS “?????????” PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED “PRAOTE?S”

STRONGS CONCORDANCE DEFINES THIS WORD AS MEANING: GENTLENESS; BY IMPLICATION HUMILITY;

THAYER ANOTHER NOTED CONCORDANCES IS SIMILAR: GENTLENESS, MILDNESS, MEEKNESS.

CLARK’S COMMENTARY: MEEKNESS – MILDNESS, INDULGENCE TOWARD THE WEAK AND ERRING, PATIENT SUFFERING OF INJURIES WITHOUT FEELING A SPIRIT OF REVENGE, AN EVEN BALANCE OF ALL TEMPERS AND PASSIONS, THE ENTIRE OPPOSITE TO ANGER.

(READ WHAT GEORGE WOOD, GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD SAYS ABOUT GENTLENESS IN HIS BOOK “LIVING IN THE SPIRIT”, PAGE 118, 119)

OCCURS IN 9 TIMES IN NT:

1CO 4:21 WHAT DO YOU PREFER? SHALL I COME TO YOU WITH A WHIP, OR IN LOVE AND WITH A GENTLE SPIRIT?

2CO 10:1 BY THE MEEKNESS AND GENTLENESS OF CHRIST, I APPEAL TO YOU–I, PAUL, WHO AM “TIMID” WHEN FACE TO FACE WITH YOU, BUT “BOLD” WHEN AWAY!

GAL_5:23 (OUR TEXT),

EPH_4:1-2 (2) AS A PRISONER FOR THE LORD, THEN, I URGE YOU TO LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE CALLING YOU HAVE RECEIVED.2 BE COMPLETELY HUMBLE AND GENTLE; BE PATIENT, BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE.3 MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH THE BOND OF PEACE.

COL 3:12 THEREFORE, AS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED, CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS AND PATIENCE.

1TI 6:11 BUT YOU, MAN OF GOD, FLEE FROM ALL THIS, AND PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS, FAITH, LOVE, ENDURANCE AND GENTLENESS.

2TI 2:25 THOSE WHO OPPOSE HIM HE MUST GENTLY INSTRUCT, IN THE HOPE THAT GOD WILL GRANT THEM REPENTANCE LEADING THEM TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH,
THERE IS ANOTHER CLOSELY RELATED GREEK WORD “???????” PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED praus WHICH THAYER DEFINES AS: MILDNESS OF DISPOSITION, GENTLENESS OF SPIRIT, MEEKNESS. JESUS USES THIS WORD IN MAT 5:5 “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY WILL INHERIT THE EARTH.” AND MAT 11:29: TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.

THE MEEK PERSON IS STRONG AND INSIGHTFUL, NOT A COWARD NOR AFRAID TO STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE. IT IS AN ATRIBUTE OF GREAT LEADERS: MOSES WAS SAID TO BE THE MEEKEST MAN IN ALL THE EARTH. THIS PERHAPS ON REASON THAT GOD CHOSE MOSES TO LEAD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT. HE HAD TO STAND UP TO PHAROH, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN ALIVE, AND SPEAK FOR GOD. A MEEK PERSON IS A HUMBLE PERSON, WHO REALIZES THEIR DEPENDENCY UPON GOD, BUT DON’T MISTAKE THAT FOR WEAKNESS. 2Co 12:9 …MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE: FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS.

A MEEK PERSON WILL STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS AND THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS IF THIS IS WHAT GOD WOULD HAVE THEM DO: CHRIST INSISTED ON HIS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID, “IF I HAVE DONE EVIL, BEAR WITNESS OF THE EVIL; BUT IF WELL, WHY SMITEST THOU ME?” JOH_18:23. PAUL ASSERTED HIS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID, “THEY HAVE BEATEN US OPENLY UNCONDEMNED, BEING ROMANS, AND HAVE CAST US INTO PRISON; AND NOW DO THEY THRUST US OUT PRIVILY? NAY VERILY; BUT LET THEM COME THEMSELVES, AND FETCH US OUT,” ACT_16:37. AND YET CHRIST WAS THE VERY MODEL OF MEEKNESS. IT WAS ONE OF HIS CHARACTERISTICS, “I AM MEEK,” MAT_11:29. SO OF PAUL. NO MAN ENDURED MORE WRONG, OR ENDURED IT MORE PATIENTLY THAN HE. YET THE SAVIOUR AND THE APOSTLE WERE NOT PRIMARILY CONCERNED ABOUT THEMSELVES. THEY BORE ALL PATIENTLY. THEY DID NOT PRESS THEIR RIGHTS THROUGH THICK AND THIN, OR TRAMPLE DOWN THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS TO SECURE THEIR OWN. THEY WERE SENSITIVE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE.

MEEKNESS PRODUCES PEACE. IT IS PROOF OF TRUE GREATNESS OF SOUL. IT COMES FROM A HEART TOO GREAT TO BE MOVED BY LITTLE INSULTS. IT LOOKS UPON THOSE WHO OFFER THEM WITH PITY. HE THAT IS CONSTANTLY RUFFLED; THAT SUFFERS EVERY LITTLE INSULT OR INJURY TO THROW HIM OFF HIS GUARD AND TO RAISE A STORM OF PASSION WITHIN, IS AT THE MERCY OF EVERY MORTAL THAT CHOOSES TO DISTURB HIM. HE IS LIKE “THE TROUBLED SEA THAT CANNOT REST, WHOSE WATERS CAST UP MIRE AND DIRT.”

MEEKNESS PRODUCES BLESSING. JEUSUS SAID “THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” THIS MIGHT HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED THE LAND. IT IS PROBABLE THAT HERE IS A REFERENCE TO THE MANNER IN WHICH THE JEWS COMMONLY EXPRESSED THEMSELVES TO DENOTE ANY GREAT BLESSING. OUR SAVIOUR USED IT IN THIS SENSE, AND MEANT TO SAY, NOT THAT THE MEEK WOULD OWN GREAT PROPERTY OR HAVE MANY LANDS, BUT THAT THEY WOULD POSSESS SPECIAL BLESSINGS. WHEN OUR SAVIOUR USES THIS LANGUAGE HERE, HE MEANS THAT THE MEEK SHALL BE RECEIVED INTO HIS KINGDOM, AND PARTAKE OF ITS BLESSINGS HERE, AND OF THE GLORIES OF THE HEAVENLY CANAAN HEREAFTER. “GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE UNTO ALL THINGS, HAVING PROMISE OF THE LIFE THAT NOW IS, AND OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME,” 1TI_4:8.

MEEKNESS COMES FROM TRUSTING GOD WHICH IS ENABLED BY HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THROUGH HIS SON. IT ENABLES US TO ENDURE PERSECUTION AND ENJURY WITH A BELIEF THAT GOD WILL VINDICATE US. “VENGEANCE IS HIS; HE WILL REPAY,” ROM_12:19.

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