Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, January 6, 2014

Meek and lowly

I recently had an encounter with family members who are not saved, and who delight in gossip and slander. One of my siblings takes great delight in speaking all kinds of evil about any and everyone in my family. She has caused pain and hurt many by her evil tongue. How do you deal with family members who've heard the Gospel and it hasn't taken root in their hearts? Thicker skin is an absolute must, as well as seeking God's truth. This has helped me...

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. ~Matthew 5:5

Meek - praus
Thayer Definition:
1) mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness
Part of Speech: adjective - from Thayer's Greek Definitions
Apparently a primary word; mild, that is, (by implication) humble: - meek-from Strong's Heb. and Gr. Definitions

Here are four different commentaries on this text...

"Meekness is the reception of injuries with a belief that God will vindicate us. “Vengeance is his; he will repay,” Rom_12:19. It little becomes us to take his place, and to do what he has promised to do. Meekness produces peace. It is proof of true greatness of soul. It comes from a heart too great to be moved by little insults. It looks upon those who offer them with pity. He that is constantly ruffled; that suffers every little insult or injury to throw him off his guard and to raise a storm of passion within, is at the mercy of every mortal that chooses to disturb him. He is like “the troubled sea that cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” ~ Albert Barnes

 "In what esteem this is held by Him who seeth not as man seeth, we may learn from 1Pe_3:4, where the true adorning is said to be that of “a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.” Towards men this disposition is the opposite of high-mindedness, and a quarrelsome and revengeful spirit; it “rather takes wrong, and suffers itself to be defrauded” (1Co_6:7); it “avenges not itself, but rather gives place unto wrath” (Rom_12:19); like the meek One, “when reviled, it reviles not again; when it suffers, it threatens not: but commits itself to Him that judgeth righteously” (1Pe_2:19-22).  ~ JFB {Jamieson, Fausset and Brown}

"Who are not easily provoked to anger; who patiently bear, and put up with injuries and affronts; carry themselves courteously, and affably to all; have the meanest thoughts of themselves, and the best of others; do not envy the gifts and graces of other men; are willing to be instructed and admonished, by the meanest of the saints; quietly submit to the will of God, in adverse dispensations of providence; and ascribe all they have, and are, to the grace of God. Meekness, or humility, is very valuable and commendable. Here meekness is to be considered, not as a moral virtue, but as a Christian grace, a fruit of the Spirit of God; which was eminently in Christ, and is very ornamental to believers." ~ John Gill

"The meek are those who quietly submit themselves to God, to his word and to his rod, who follow his directions, and comply with his designs, and are gentle towards all men (Tit_3:2); who can bear provocation without being inflamed by it; are either silent, or return a soft answer; and who can show their displeasure when there is occasion for it, without being transported into any indecencies; who can be cool when others are hot; and in their patience keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of any thing else. They are the meek, who are rarely and hardly provoked, but quickly and easily pacified; and who would rather forgive twenty injuries than revenge one, having the rule of their own spirits." ~ Matthew Henry

Here is our example to follow, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls". Matthew 11:29

 "The meekness, humility, and lowliness of Christ appear in his assumption of human nature; in his subjection to his Father; in the whole of his deportment and conversation among men; in his submission to the ordinance of baptism; in the whole course of his obedience to God, and in his sufferings and death: and he is to be imitated herein, by all his followers, who may learn many excellent things from his example, as well as from his doctrine; and particularly, that whereas, though he was so great a person, yet condescended to perform every duty with readiness and cheerfulness, his disciples should not think it below them to conform to every ordinance of his, to every branch of his will; for he has set them an example, that they should tread in his steps, and walk even as he has walked. There never was such an instance of humility, and lowliness of mind, as Christ; nor is there any example so worthy of our imitation as his." ~ John Gill

If my desire is to bring Him glory, it must start with true humility wrought in my heart. The hardest lesson for us to learn is to die to our prideful selves, this takes time and much work on God's part, and mine. I pray not to fail the test, for I know it is life-long.


Anonymous said...

Lyn this is a great and a timely post. The heart of a christian is to be so opposite to that of the world and it is so hard at times. Thankfully we do have the word and the Spirit to help us walk worthy of our Lord. and that the word is sanctifying to us, not just enlightening. I too find that it is tiresome to be with unsaved family and marvel that the Lord Jesus Himself did this! He walked this earth and yet kept His calm and bore it all. So He stands ready to be our Helper in the midst of all that we face. Humility certainly goes a long, long way - both humilty toward men and also toward God, for it is He who put us where we are. So we submit to His wisdom, even though we may wish we could be constantly surrounded by godly saints who encourage us instead! Love your articles. keep pressing on dear Christians!

lyn said...

Thank you for your response Anon, and yes...let us keep pressing on!