We see what it means to love someone by losing yourself first. If we are loving towards people, whether they have hurt us or not, we will be praying for them. At some point, there may be a time when you’ll need to speak the truth in love when someone you love is heading down the wrong path.
Paul points out in the very first verse of chapter 6, why it is so important to do so with the right heart – with a spirit of meekness.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 6:1
We are not above falling into that very same sin. When we sit back and scorn fellow believers for their “foolish” behavior, when we judge them for their choices and sit idly by just watching, we are doing nothing to protect ourselves from that same temptation from the devil. We are doing nothing to restore them.
We’ve already discussed how we should approach people to have a graceful conversation that will, hopefully, point them in a new direction.
But we are missing a key ingredient to this step.
It’s a big deal.
The spirit of meekness can make all the difference in the outcome of many situations. It can be the key ingredient that prevents someone from being pushed further down the wrong path. It can keep you from falling into sin as well. I’d say that’s pretty important.
What is meekness? It is a fruit of the spirit after all but do we really have a clear understanding of its meaning?
Meekness is being mild in temper, not easily provoked, forbearing.
There’s another word that we may not take the time to look up, forbearing. It means being patient; longsuffering with others.
Our own lack of meekness causes us to not be forbearing with others. We become bitter, cling to grudges and isolate ourselves. Yet we are sure that everyone out there is out to get us.
The lack of meekness in others causes us to not to want to approach them when the time comes for a gentle rebuke. We would rather let them carry on than to stir the pot in order to avoid their wrath and disapproval. Or the social awkwardness that may follow.
The lack of meekness can cause quite the problem in Christian circles.
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord‘s anger. Zephaniah 2:3
We are told to seek after meekness, to have the spirit of meekness in our everyday lives.
It is not something that will come naturally to us because our flesh wars against the spirit’s desire to do right.
We need to be intentional about seeking after it.
A truly meek person will not hold grudges, won’t fly off the handle at any given moment; she will have a steady attitude and outlook on life and its various trails.
Have you ever met someone like this before? I have a few times and those people inspire me. To this day, I can still recall an elderly lady from my church while I was growing up. She had such a steady and gracious spirit. You would never know if she was going through a trail in her personal life because she carried herself with the same meekness in a trail as she did when life was going well for her. What a testimony that is to others in the church who happened to be looking up to her. Someone is always watching us and how we handle things in our life. What are they thinking about how we are living our lives?
Would people in your life describe you as meek and gracious?
Or will you be remembered as the angry one who no one wanted to set off so they steered clear of you whenever they got a chance?
Convicting stuff here in Galatians. Paul knows how to speak the truth in love, doesn’t he? His letter to the Galatians is still convicting and changing lives today. God is so good.
I don’t know about you but I am so thrilled to have gone through a few books of the Bible here at the blog! And because I am so task oriented and love the satisfaction of crossing things off of a list, I began searching the web for a pretty books of the Bible printable so I can cross off the books I’ve completed but I was unable to find anything that I loved. I love pretty things, don’t you?
So I went ahead and created my own! With the help of my awesome husband I now have 2 versions of the Books of the Bible printable to share with you all! You can download and print by clicking on the picture or from the sidebar. The best part is that they are FREE!
The white and pink version will be easier to print, and will use less ink. But if you aren’t worried about your ink cartridge and want a fancier version, you may prefer the dark blue and pink colors.
I hope you will get some use out of it-I know I sure will!
Your turn! Do you believe that meekness is a big deal? Has the book of Galatians challenged you this last six weeks?
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