In our pursuit to learn and do that which is needful and profitable for our spiritual life, and produces much-desired fruits, we again look at the Lord Jesus Christ and learn from Him. For “he that says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk JUST AS HE WALKED (1 John 2: 6).”
So, to abide in the Lord, we need to be like Him when He walked on earth. And abiding is one very important thing that we should perpetually do, for apart from Him, we can do nothing.
- meek – enduring injury with patience and without resentment: MILD; not violent or strong: MODERATE
- humble – not proud; not arrogant or assertive; reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission; UNPRETENSIOUS
One of the best examples the Lord showed us of humility was when He knelt down and one by one, He washed the disciples’ feet. It was after the Last Supper, when He knew He was to be betrayed and suffer much, and be crucified. Even with His impending death on the cross, He thought of teaching us this one important thing: humility to serve others. That what He had done, we should do also.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that YE SHOULD DO AS I HAVE DONE TO YOU. (John 13: 14-15, emphasis added)
He has showed us the best example of meekness, for when he was slapped, spit upon, struck, insulted, reviled – He did not revile in return, and though He suffered, He did not threaten (1 Pet. 2: 23).
- To be meek and humble pleases God greatly.
These are the values that are closest to His heart. Numerous times in the Holy Bible, we read how He lifts up the humble and gives grace to them.
…I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isa. 57: 15)
The humble abides in the Lord God Almighty.
So, even if we are unjustly hurt or persecuted, we maintain a spirit of meekness and humility, not to reciprocate railing with railing, but being good examples, as true children of God.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, HUMILITY, MEEKNESS, longsuffering;
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another. If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. (Col. 3: 12,13, emphasis added)
It’s hard to maintain a meek and humble stance when we’ve been deeply and unfairly hurt, but we should keep in mind and let our hearts be steeped with this: to adorn ourselves of that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God a great price (1 Pet. 3: 4).
Great price. Great value. Precious. Oh, why couldn’t we be that in the sight of God? Valuable. Precious. Let us, therefore, hold this truth close to our hearts: meek and quiet spirit is precious in God’s sight.
- When God is pleased with us, He answers our prayers. He answers the prayers of the humble.
Because thine heart was tender and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord… I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. (portion of 2 Kings 22: 19)
If we have been wondering why our prayers haven’t been heard and answered, maybe this will remind us:
AND WHATEVER WE ASK, WE RECEIVE OF HIM, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3: 22, emphasis added)
For my part, I learned these values the hard way. Before I accepted Jesus Christ in my life, I was not the type of person who would “endure injury with patience and without resentment”. No. I was a fighter. And sister, was I proud! It was hard for me to “reflect, offer, express in the spirit of deference or submission”. High and mighty, that’s what I was. That’s why when the Lord had to strip me off these offensive attitudes, I fell flat on my face.
I learned, through agonizingly painful way, that when God is set to teach us a vital lesson – something we’re not suppose to forget – there’s no other way for us but down on the ground on our knees, ready and willing, to learn it all.
I’m not saying that I’ve perfected it. I’ve still a long way to go. Oh, if you could only listen to stories of how often I miserably fail (especially in the meekness part)! But I continue to beg the Lord, with tears, to make me a meek and humble child of His – ALWAYS. Yes, even, and much more so, in the point of provocation.
- We will find rest for our souls.
The Lord Jesus, ever so gently, invites us to come to Him, all of us who labor and are heavy laden. Those of us who struggle to work out and subdue our offensive attitudes; who are heavy laden with infirmities, foibles, those besetting personal failings and weaknesses of ours that are hard to shake.
Jesus alone can change us – if we willingly open our hearts to Him, surrender to His will, take His yoke, and LEARN FROM HIM. And we will find rest for our souls (Matt. 11: 29). For His yoke (that is, His commandments) is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11: 30).
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*From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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