The Spirit of Meekness
January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment
Meekness is a key characteristic of Jesus-followers in this world. Not only did Jesus say, “Blessed are the meek” (Matthew 5:5), but He showed his own quiet and gentle spirit to us during His ministry on earth. In today’s Bible reading, Matthew tells us that, in Jesus, Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled: “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory” (Matthew 12:20). Therefore, many times when He performed miracles such as healing the sick, He instructed people “not to tell who he was” (12:16). He would “not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets” (12:19). That is the kind of spirit that led nations to put their hope in Him (12:21). We know by now that spirit is consistent with Jesus’ way of the cross. The power of God is the complete opposite of the world’s wisdom on power. Paul would later call this quiet and meek spirit “God’s wisdom” that is “foolishness to the world” (1 Corinthians 1:22-25). “God’s weakness” says Paul, “is stronger than man’s strength” (1:25). Therefore, Paul also makes his appeal to his readers based on “the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:1). How do you and I show Christ’s spirit of meekness as the power of God in what we are doing today?