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Meekness vs. Anger

"Yielding my personal rights and expectations, with a desire to serve"

 

 

MEEKNESS - A Five-Minute Study
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Contributed by Ron Wallie
Husband and Father of Eight, Southington, OH
March 11, 2002

MEEKNESS
Yielding my personal rights and expectations, with a desire to serve

BIBLICAL EXAMPLE - SARAH, WIFE OF ABRAHAM

When we read the Scriptures about Abraham's wife, Sarah, we may not think she was a meek person. This is partly due to incorrect thinking that to be meek is to be weak. This may also be due to Sarah's initial actions in certain situations. For example, Sarah laughed at God's promise that she would have a son in her old age. Then, she denied laughing when the LORD asked her about it. (Genesis 18:9-15) Later, when God fulfilled His promise and gave them their son, Isaac, Sarah [who had earlier told Abraham to provide her a child through the maid (Genesis 16:1-2)] told Abraham to "drive out this maid [Hagar] and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be heir with my son Isaac." (Genesis 21:9-12)

Even so, the Bible upholds Sarah as a woman of meekness and quiet spirit: "And let not your adornment be external only ... but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle spirit ... Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear." (1 Peter 3:3-6.)

In order to be meek, one must have personal rights and expectations which one can choose to yield. It is not the possession of these rights which makes one meek; it is the yielding of these rights in order to better serve others. Sarah did this by yielding her right to not believe God's promise. For eventually, she believed God would give her a son: "By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised" (Hebrews 11:11) She also yielded to Abraham: "Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord..." (1 Peter 3:6)

MEEKNESS IN OUR LIVES -

Meekness is not just a good quality for wives or women. It is for men and children. Moses was the meekest person after Jesus (Numbers 12:3). Here are "I Will" statements to help conform our character to that of Sarah, Moses and Jesus:

  1. When I doubt a promise in God's word, I will agree with God that this is sin.
  2. After agreeing with God, I will ask Him for faith to believe His promise.
  3. When I have a conflict with someone, I will be slow to argue or get angry.
  4. When I have a conflict with someone, I will look for ways to serve their best interests instead of my own.
  5. I will ask the LORD for forgiveness when I lose control of my anger or fail to serve someone who needs my help.

MEEKNESS IN MY LIFE THIS WEEK -

  • Meekness can be directed toward God whenever we believe, trust and desire to serve Him. Write down two new ways you will believe, trust and serve Him this week.
  • Meekness can also be directed toward other people by yielding our desires in order to serve them. Write down the name of someone you have failed to serve when you had the opportunity. Pray for them and ask God for another opportunity to serve them.
  • Share these decisions with a trusted friend, asking them to pray for you this week.
  • Evaluate the results in your life and the life of others at the end of the week; share the results with the friend and record them.

   

This material is published by the Faith Committee of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Reproduction and Adaptation is encouraged.