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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VIII,  Number 33
Feb 20, 2005

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In this issue:

The Fruit of the Spirit: Meekness (#9)
Joe R. Price

I wonder how many of the billions of people on this planet would care to be described as meek. There is a general perception of a meek person as a spineless, mealy-mouthed, ninety-seven pound weakling. This caricature could not be farther from the truth. The meek person is one of the strongest people on the earth, though he would never say so. To do that would violate his meekness.

As used in the Scriptures, meekness conveys gentleness, humility and moderation. In common vernacular it is “gentle strength.” Thus, the NKJV translates the Greek word (praotes) with the English word, “gentleness.” A review of dictionary entries elaborates: “It presupposes humility, and flows from it, and finds expression in moderation” (I.S.B.E., III:2027). There is an unassuming dignity about the meek person. But be assured, meekness is not weakness. Meekness is the trait of humble courtesy which stands its ground for truth in the face of sin. It is the opposite of arrogance, pride and conceit, and reveals itself in the face of opposition (cf. Moses in Num. 12:1-13). Yet, it is not easily provoked to anger; self-control is its companion (Gal. 5:23). The meek person is free of bitterness and contentiousness. He controls his passions. Yes, we all need more meekness.

It has been suggested that meekness is chiefly an attitude one has toward God, and only then is it secondarily evidenced toward men. To quote Trench: “It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting…it is only the humble heart which is also the meek, and which, as such, does not fight against God and more or less struggle and contend with Him” (Trench, Synonyms, cited by Vine, 401). Meekness toward God should be revealed in our attitude toward His truth. James commands us to “receive with meekness the implanted word” (Jas. 1:21). When the truth of God’s word is spurned we can rest assured that meekness has not prompted the action. When God commands us, it is our duty to obey; and to do so with reverence, humility and meekness. Gainsaying, a sin of antagonistic opposition, is the opposite of meekness (Rom. 10:21; Heb. 12:3; Jude 11). When we walk in the Spirit we do not fight against the truth; we meekly conform ourselves to it.

Meekness is our ally in the body of Christ. With it we are better equipped “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:2-3). Meekness delights in serving others. It refuses to harbor grudges that destroy peace.

We need meekness when helping to correct sinners (2 Tim. 2:24-26). To be approached about a sin in one’s life by an arrogant, domineering person generates resentment, defensiveness and often the rejection of God’s word. The person trying to help the sinner is right, but his attitude hinders the positive outcome of repentance. On the other hand, meekness tries to restore the fallen with an attitude of self-evaluation and humility (Gal. 6:1).

Make no mistake about it; meekness does not compromise truth when confronting sin and error. It is bold in the face of opposition. The meek person relies upon humble perseverance to reach his goal of rescuing the lost. Meekness is needed when defending the truth against its opponents (1 Pet. 3:14-16). We are told to give an answer to every man with “meekness and fear” (v. 15). The attitude with which we answer the advocate of error is crucial, as is our answer. We can give Bible answers to expose error, but without doing so with meekness and reverence we may simply infuriate instead of convert the sinner. “That’s his fault,” some would say, but not the meek person. The meek learns to show “all meekness to all men,” speaking evil of no one (Tit. 3:2, ASV). The meek person seasons his speech to know how he ought to answer each person (Col. 4:2-6). His objective is the salvation of the lost, of self-vindication.

Jesus is our model of meekness. Though the Messiah-King, His meekness is seen as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Matt. 21:5). As He patiently endured the awful wrongs of the cross, His meekness articulated His desire for His murderers forgiveness (Lk. 23:34). And yet, Jesus was not a coward. He rebuked hypocrites to their faces, not in sly innuendo and veiled accusations. He cleansed the temple of the merchandisers whose interest was greed rather than prayer (Matt. 21:12-13). While living a gentle life he did not compromise his convictions of truth. Truly, Jesus is “meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29).

God will reward the meek with abundant blessings: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). But, as it is with many of God’s blessings, we must have the faith needed to obey the divine will. We must believe that meekness is preferable over arrogance and gainsaying. Our faith must drive us to pursue gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11). We need the faith to understand that humble endurance in the face of provocation is of more lasting value than outbursts of contentiousness. It is the meek person who receives the Lord’s guidance, protection and salvation (Psa. 25:9; 22:24-26; 76:7-9). What a wonderful fruit to bear! How blessed indeed to be described as meek in the sight of God.



If one walks in the way of truth and conviction, he must be prepared to walk alone. “No man stood with me but all men forsook me,” wrote the battle-scarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to answer for his life for believing and teaching contrary to the Roman World.

Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves. Noah built and voyaged alone - his neighbors laughed at his strangeness and perished in style. Abraham wandered and worshipped alone - Sodomites smiled at the simple shepherd, followed the fashion and fed the flames. Daniel dined and prayed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Jesus loved and died alone.

On the lonely way His disciples should walk, Jesus said: “Straight is the gate and narrow the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” Of their treatment by men who walk in the broad way, Jesus said, “If ye were of the world, the world, would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Peter later stated that because the multitude went in “pernicious ways” the way of truth would be evil spoken of.

The people in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted Moses. The people under the kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets. The people under Caiaphas praised the prophets and persecuted Jesus. The people under the popes praised the Savior and persecuted the saints. And multitudes now, in the church and in the world, applaud the courage of the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn as stubbornness or foolishness, that same faithfulness today.

(Author Unknown, The Kaysville Herald, I:06,Sept. 9, 1990)


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Deceiving and Being Deceived
Joe R. Price

The Zimbabwe sports world was rocked last week when it learned that one of that nation’s top female track stars was in fact, a man.

The athlete, Samukeliso Sithole, has been charged with offensive behavior and impersonation. After the arrest, a medical examination established that “she” was a “he.”

Sithole’s explanation: his parents failed to fully pay the village healer who supposedly “healed” his masculinity at birth, but reversed the “healing” as punishment when his parents only paid half his fee. (Confused? Me too!) (“Zimbabwe sports in a tizzy over gender bender,” Michael Wines, New York Times, Feb. 10, 2005)

Believe it or not, there are some spiritual lessons to be learned from this strange tale:

1. Deceivers mislead others and themselves. The Bible warns of “evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). We must vigilantly examine what we are taught to see if it is from the word of God (1 Jno. 4:1, 6; 1 Ths. 5:21).

2. Some people will believe a lie in spite of what the truth really is. This man claims to have been “healed” of his masculinity, only to have it “reversed.” In like manner, those who do not love the truth of God will believe error in spite of what the Bible says (2 Ths. 2:9-12). For example, the Bible says baptism saves, but some will argue to the grave that it is not (Mk. 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:21).

3. All liars and cheaters will eventually be exposed. The lake of fire (the second death) waits “all liars” (Rev. 21:8). Cheaters do not win in the long run. 


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