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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Meekness Is Not Weakness

In summary of 2 Timothy 1:7 it says, "God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid or timid (being shy with his gifts), but that of power, love, self-discipline and self-control (being bold, loving and sensible.)"

Bottom Line:
God did not give us a spirit of timidity (being a coward or shy), but one of power and of love, a calm, well-balanced mind, disciplined and self-controlled.

What this means to me:
God provides me with a spirit of power and of love, not one of being timid or a door stop.  He has provided me with a well-balanced mind and self-control in which to conduct myself.  With this spirit from him, I can be bold, but at the same time loving and sensible.  Christians are meek, however this meekness does not translate to weakness.  Meekness means to have a strength that is under control, a power that is now ready for the master’s use.  God does not expect me to cave in just because someone wants to manipulate me.  It is ok to say “no” at times when it doesn’t make sense to say “yes”, (especially as it relates to immoral issues.)  God wants me to deal with those who try to manipulate with a power (confidence), in love (focusing on their needs), and in self-control.  Typically I tend to be a people pleaser, but I must always realize that I can’t please everyone.  Instead, I need to remember to hold my ground, then pray for those who want to persecute me.  After that I can just leave the rest to God.  I just need to remind myself that God’s spirit isn’t intended to make me timid or to be a weakling, instead I’m a power (strength) under control for his use.