Lesson 9: Meekness.
Jesus affirmed something that seems at odds with the ways of the world… “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5. Many people, especially men, fear that traits like meekness, gentleness and kindness are really all code for weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Both gentleness and meekness are born of power, not weakness. There is a pseudo-gentleness that is effeminate, and there is a pseudo-meekness that is cowardly. But a Christian is to be gentle and meek because those are Godlike virtues… We should never be afraid, therefore, that the gentleness of the Spirit means weakness of character. It takes strength, God’s strength, to be truly gentle.” – Jerry Bridges.
As you fast and pray during this 40 days, in what ways are you finding the renewal of a quiet, gentle strength? How are you purposing to relate to others in the meek strength of Jesus, the Gentle Shepherd?
Seek out someone today who needs the strength of the Lord’s gentle touch through you in an encouraging word, an overlooked fault, or an affirming prayer.