"The Power To Prevail Over Your Problems"
Series on the Fruit of the Spirit, Msg. # 8

The Fruit of the Spirit is Meekness

Read: Galatians 5:16-6:2; Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:12-13; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:23-26; Titus 3:1-2

Text: "The fruit of the Spirit is... meekness...." Gal. 5:23

Theme: The meekness which is PROVIDED by the Holy Spirit should be CULTIVATED and DEMONSTRATED toward all men.


Introduction:

Most of us have seen believers lose their temper, and demonstrate the opposite of meekness.

Perhaps we have even done it ourselves.

Christians, however, are to be meek.


I. What is meekness?

A. It is NOT weakness.
DEF. Webster "soft, pliant, supple. Mild of temper; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; submissive; lacking courage ."
B. Great men are described as meek.
1. Moses (Numbers 12:3)

2. Jesus (Matthew 11:29, 21:5; 2 Corinthians 10:1)

C. It is STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL.

D. It is EMOTION under control.
QUOTE It is the ability to "govern our passions and resentments, so as not to be easily provoked, and when we are so, to be soon pacified." Matthew Henry

(Notice next fruit - temperance, which is APPETITE under control.)

II. Where does one get meekness?

A. Fruit of the Spirit. (Provision.)
"If any man have not the Spirit of Christ..."

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you...?" 1 Corinthians 6:19

B. It must daily be put on. (Colossians 3:12) (Definite action.)
ILLUS. Wardrobe is AVAILABLE, but no good until you take action and PUT IT ON.
C. It must daily be pursued. (1 Timothy 6:11) (Continuous action.)
ILLUS. Car, once started, will only work if you keep the pedal down. So with the fruit of the Spirit. It is available, but we must CONSTANTLY be asking for the Lord's help to demonstrate it.

III. Who should meekness be demonstrated toward?

A. Those who have sinned. (Galatians 6:1)
1. Weakness turns its back on them.

2. Meekness restores them.

B. Those with whom you serve the Lord. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
1. Weakness brings disunity.

2. Meekness brings unity.

C. Those who have done you wrong. (Colossians 3:12-13)
1. Weakness returns the abuse.

QUOTE "One poll found that 38% of Southern Californians admitted having made an obscene gesture at another driver..." (From "Insight," Dec. 2, 1991

2. Meekness TAKES the abuse.

ILLUS. David/Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5f)

ILLUS. Jesus Christ "Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously." 1 Peter 2:23

D. Those who disagree with you. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
1. Weakness argues.

2. Meekness instructs.

E. Everybody. (Titus 3:2)
 

Conclusion:

Are you demonstrating the meekness that the Holy Spirit has provided for you?

It's PROVIDED, but you must DAILY and CONTINUALLY demonstrate its presence in your life.

"The fruit of the Spirit is... meekness...." Gal. 5:23


Please direct questions, comments, and submissions to William E. Johnson
Copyright 1996 William E. Johnson.