OUR EXAMPLE OF MEEKNESS
Excerpt from Book # A9, Chapter 5
MAT 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
We need to look to Christ as our example of meekness. 1PE 2:21- 24 says, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps [We must strive to follow the blessed example of the Lord Jesus Christ]: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; [We saw the same in the meekness of Moses. He did not revile again; he turned to the Lord.] when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously [This is a beautiful demonstration of true meekness.]: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." Christ left us this example.
Jesus meekness was prophesied. ISA 53:7 says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
Jesus meekness is shown in the matter of Judas. When Judas came to betray Him, what did Jesus say? "And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him," MAT 26:47-50.
That spirit of meekness holds such beauty. The Lord Jesus knew what Judas came for. He knew the treachery of Judass kiss that was to betray Him. Yet He asked, "Friend, wherefore art thou come?"
ROM 8:9 says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
That spirit of meekness, that Spirit of Christ, must be seen within us. The meek spoken of in our text, whom Jesus pronounced blessed, have the desire in their heart to walk in meekness and to prefer others ahead of themselves.
What is the evidence of meekness? It is repentance. The evidence is when we turn again and ask to be forgiven. We must have the Spirit of Christ to do this.
Jesus says in MAT 11:29-30, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Isnt that beautiful? This means that we must be able to be reviled without reviling again. We must be able to suffer without threatening. We must be able to commit everything unto Him that judgeth righteously.
Isnt that Spirit of Christ a blessed example of meekness? 1PE 2:23 says, "Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously." When we are reviled and threatened, instead of threatening again, we must be able to commit it unto Him who judges righteously. This is the true Spirit of Christ.
ROM 12:14-15 says, "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
2CO 10:1 says, "Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you."
This is another example showing that meekness doesnt mean shy or weak-minded. The Apostle Paul was meek, but he was also bold for the truth.
1TH 5:14 says, "Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men." Meekness doesnt mean to justify sin.
1TH 5:15 says, "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men." We arent to let sin pass by unnoticed.
MAT 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Amen.