Friday, January 21, 2011

Meekness

The art of being a Christian is very largely the art of managing the corruptions of our souls. It is such a daunting task that God, who alone knows what it is in man, describes it as more difficult and skillful labor than that of statesmen or military generals. 'He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit better than he who taketh a city.' Proverbs 16:32

The real Christ is the meekest man who ever lived. Consider that the Lord of glory, showed on earth a meekness under every form of ill treatment which mystified even the brutal Pilate. No man ever governed his own spirit as did the Lord Jesus Christ. Though scrutinized daily by a thousand enemies, he never betrayed, even momentarily, the faintest trace of selfishness, impatience, or unjustifiable anger."
~ The Thought of God by Maurice Roberts


Blessed are the meek. The meek are those who quietly submit themselves to God, to his word and to his rod, who follow his directions, and comply with his designs, and are gentle towards all men (Tit. iii. 2); who can bear provocation without being inflamed by it; are either silent, or return a soft answer; and who can show their displeasure when there is occasion for it, without being transported into any indecencies; who can be cool when others are hot; and in their patience keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of any thing else. They are the meek, who are rarely and hardly provoked, but quickly and easily pacified; and who would rather forgive twenty injuries than revenge one, having the rule of their own spirits."
~ Matthew Henry on Matthew 5

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1