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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|MARCH 2, 2014
|MARCH 9, 2014
|MARCH 16, 2014
|MARCH 23, 2014
|MARCH 30, 2014
WILLIAM VAN RUN
“The fruit of the Spirit is…meekness…” (Gal. 5:23)
When we think of meekness, we are apt to think of Caspar Milquetoast, the comic strip character
who was the embodiment of timidity and weakness. But this fruit of the Spirit is something very
different. It comes from supernatural power, not from weakness.
It refers first of all to a believer’s loving submission to all God’s dealings in his life. The meek man
bows to the will of God without rebellion, questioning or complaint. He reckons that “God is too
wise to err and too loving to be unkind.” Realizing that there is no chance or accident, he believes
that God is working everything together for good in his life.
Meekness also includes the believer’s relationship with others. Here he is self-effacing, not self-
assertive and humble, not haughty. The meek man is one who practices brokenness. When he has
said or done something wrong, he conquers pride by saying, “I am sorry. Please forgive me!” He
would rather lose face than self-respect. When he suffers for doing what is right, he endures it
patiently without any thought of fighting back. When he is falsely accused, he refrains from
defending himself. As Trench says, the meek man accepts the injuries and insults of others as
permitted by God for his chastening and purifying.
Someone has defined a meek man as “one who accepts the will of God without resentment, who
can afford to be gentle and mild because of inward strength, and who is under the perfect control
of God.” When a parishioner told Dr. Alexander Whyte that a fellow minister was being castigated
as an unbeliever, Dr. Whyte blazed with indignation. When the parishioner added that the critic
said that Dr. Whyte himself was not a true believer, he said, “Please leave the office so that I can be
alone and examine my heart before the Lord.” THAT is meekness.
We are all called to take the yoke of Him who is “meek and lowly in heart.” As we do so, we find
rest for our souls and will ultimately inherit the earth.
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11 a.m. Family
Bible Hour on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Along with his wife
Helen, Floyd served the Lord as a Missionary in Brazil for
35 years. The Helen Leticia Pierce Christian Schools
may be seen at www.escolacrista.com Floyd serves as
an elder and Sunday School teacher in an elective class
that currently studies Titus. They have three grown
children and many foster children in Brazil. They are
grandparents to nine grandchildren and six great
grandchildren. They offer free Bible correspondence
courses in English and Portuguese at this site. Click here