Sunday, January 24, 2016

Authentic Christianity Part III

Meekness is not Weakness
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Step three in the stairway of Christian Character is a new attitude resulting from being humbled and broken which exudes patience and power and a full experience of life’s benefits.
Blessed are the Meek… v.5a
Proper translations would include: controlled, tame, gentle, teachable
Meekness is not an attitude of man but a fruit of the Spirit of God.  Galatians 5:22-23
Meekness is required for…
·           Receiving the Word of God - James 1:21
One who is broken is ready to listen and not argue while a fool believes that if he keeps talking he can prove himself right.  Proverbs 10:19
·           Sharing the Word of God – 1 Peter 3:15
There is humility in the heart of one who has realized their own sinful nature and been blessed to receive the revealed Word of God, not pride.
·           Living the Word of God – Colossians 3:12  
The world does not need another translation of the Bible but the evidence of a life transformed by it.
Greatly forgiven people forgive greatly.
Meekness is not merely the absence of pride and arrogance so much as it is the fullness of the presence of God.
Out of the God-controlled life comes inner stability and restraint.
Meekness produces peace. It is proof of true greatness of soul.
For they shall inherit the earth.  v.5b
This is a proverbial expression to denote any great blessing; perhaps as the sum of all blessings.
The prosperity of the meek individual is the ability to enjoy what he possesses in peace.
The one who really experiences the blessing of earth is not always the one who possesses the most but the one who knows the joy of what he possesses.

Blessed and happy are the meek, gentle persons who allow the Lord to control their lives; and in seeking His Kingdom rather than their own He will take care of them.

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