In The Spirit Of Meekness

In The Spirit Of Meekness

Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

 

There are nine qualities that are evidenced in the life of a spiritual person. We call these the fruit of the Spirit. Interestingly, only the eighth in the list is specifically mentioned in this passage on restoration. It is not that the other eight are not present and important, but God knew that there was one of these characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit that would be most important for the person who was restoring another Christian brother or sister.

There is nothing in the Bible that is accidental. Therefore, the fact that this particular characteristic is mentioned in this context is indicative of something very important. Apparently the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to emphasize meekness because it would be the one quality which would be most important of all. But why meekness? Think about the component of meekness in the fruit of the Spirit and perhaps we can understand why it is such an important aspect of restoration.

What is meekness? Meekness is strength under control. Jesus was the meekest man who ever lived, yet he was the creator of the universe, the all-powerful one. His meekness was his controlled strength. It takes great strength to restore a fallen person. Wimps need not apply. However strength by itself may break them permanently. A restorer must be strong enough for the task, but there must be a quality that controls the strength and that quality is meekness. Make no mistake, meekness is not weakness. In fact meekness demands strength, for if you are not strong it would be weakness and only the strongest Christians can deal with the difficulties of someone who has fallen. Restoration is a tough ministry

Meekness indicates a close walk with God. In Matthew 5:5 we see that the meek will inherit the earth. That is almost a direct quote from Psalm 37:11. There we are told the very same thing, but two verses before we see that those who walk with God or wait on the Lord shall inherit the earth. This would indicate that a meek person has a greater relationship with God, and has learned to wait on him. In other words they are not impulsive in their actions. A meek person takes their time. They do not react to either the sins of the one who has fallen or the consequences. They understand that the person is suffering and in great pain after they fall, so they are patient with them. A person who walks with God has that patience. When someone is being restored they need someone who seeks God before making a decision.

Matthew 11:29 says that Jesus was meek and lowly in heart. When we come to him we find rest for our souls. Evidently meekness knows how to comfort the restless. Those who have fallen are often deeply troubled. Meekness causes them to feel a rest and comfort with the one restoring them.

Meekness is evidenced in our wisdom. James 3 says that we show our good our works with meekness of wisdom. Every restorer must have wisdom, but it must be a wisdom of meekness. James says that there is a wisdom which is not from above. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic (vss 14-16). This is the opposite of meekness of wisdom. The evidence of meekness with wisdom is also described, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (vss 17-18). A restorer must have meekness because that is a sign of wisdom from above.

 

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