Devotional: Fruit of the Spirit – Meekness
Galatians 5:22-23 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
“And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; and those who are Christ’s, the flesh did crucify with the affections, and the desires; if we may live in the Spirit, in the Spirit also we may walk; let us not become vain-glorious — one another provoking, one another envying!”
What do you imagine when you think of the word meek. I think of a gentle quality in a person. Someone who handles things with gentle care. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word used in this scripture is prautés, which means gentleness. So, this fruit of the Spirit is more of a humble gentleness displayed in our character through the Holy Spirit.
James 1:21 King James Version (KJV)
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
This verse in James instructs us to turn away from sin and filth and to receive with meekness (humble gentleness) the Word of God. The Word of God is key to helping us find salvation. So, if we turn away from sin and filth, then meekness is the exact opposite of that.
In today’s world it is becoming less and less popular to be humble and meek. So much of social media is filled with people bragging or posting all of the wonderful things they’ve done or seen in their lives. People posting photos of their bodies or bodies they wish they had instead of glorifying God for what He’s given them. I’m not saying it’s wrong to ever tell anyone all fo the good happening for you or to have goals. We are supposed to spread the good news of all of the wonders God works into our lives to share our faith with others. Sometimes I just think that we spend too much time trying to brag on the good things, so everyone thinks we’re perfect, or always looking for the “perfect body” or the “perfect kitchen” online. Sometimes we get so caught up, that we forget to appreciate what we do have that many others wish they had.
So, let’s just take a step back today and appreciate something good in our lives that we could not have done on our own. Give God the credit for something wonderful in your life. Maybe we could also stop and show appreciation for something that someone else in our lives has done for us. If you already do this, then great job! You’re right on track!
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