Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colossians 3:12, 1 Timothy 6:11 NIV 2011

Therefore, as God’s chosen peoples, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

 

The Old and New Testament both use “God’s chosen people.” Israel in Deuteronomy 4:37a, “Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them.” Believers in 1 Peter 2:9a, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” Paul used the same words humility, gentleness and patience in Ephesians 4:2, “ Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Paul’s letters to Timothy challenged him to model Christ. 1Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 2 Timothy 2:22a, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.” God chose His people to live lives of meekness.

 

Meekness is not weakness. During in depth study of Matthew I discovered the difference. Jesus was never week but He did display divine qualities of meekness. There are examples of godly men in the Bible that were meek. Is that the primary quality others see in my everyday life? It is my prayer but I fall short. There are times when I am less than meek while traveling especially in the TSA security line. God draws me daily to meekly live for Jesus.

 

What challenges occur living for Jesus?

 

Working on meekness,

S

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