Friday, May 11, 2007
In my quest for meekness I came across this writing:
"The meek man is like a ship that rides at anchor, movetur, sed non amovetur--"is moved, but not removed" The storm moves it (the meek man is not a stock or stone under provocation), but does not remove it from its port. It is a grace that in reference to the temptations of affront and injury quenches the fiery darts of the wicked (as faith in reference to temptation in general). It is armor of proof against the spiteful and envenomed arrows of provocation, and is an impregnable wall to secure the peace of the soul there, where "thief cannot break through and steal," while the angry man lays all his comforts at the mercy of every wasp that will strike him. ----Matthew Henry
There is nothing more beautiful to witness than a meek spirit. Meekness and gentleness stands out in a world today that rewards pride and ostentatiousness. Women are no longer gentle and quiet but instead are loud, rude and without discretion. They are no longer beautiful with a calm, serene spirit but instead draw attention to themselves in worldly ways such as using foul language, having a prideful posture, immodest dress and having a spirit of strife. They adorn themselves with anger and lack of self control and their quest for true beauty is in vain. Little do they understand that true beauty cannot be bought at the local mall outlet or found in a bottle of cosmetics.
Meekness, on the other hand, is the ornament of fruit disposed by the Holy Spirit. It is His magnificant work in our lives as we yield ourselves to His majesty. The meek are blessed "for they shall inherit the earth." Meekness stands out as a shining light and testimony---a calm, soft, mild, friendly and kindly spirit is a truly a treasure---the rarest of gems! Meekness comes from wisdom (James, see below) and "is of great worth in God's sight"1 Peter 3:4. Meekness is a priceless gift that reflects our Savior and as Christians we are to "let our gentleness be evident to all." Phillipians 4:5. True beauty is found in gentleness and quietness of spirit evidenced by a life surrendered to Christ. Meekness should be viewed as a blessed virtue and grace for Christian women to possess and seek after. A spirit that has self control and is self governed is a blessing to the entire world.
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the meekness that comes from wisdom." James 3:13