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A Study of Meekness

A Study of Meekness

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'A meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."' 1 Peter, 3 : 4.
'A meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."' 1 Peter, 3 : 4.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 07, 2012
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A STUDY OF MEEKNESSBY MATTHEW HENRY'A meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."'1 Peter, 3 : 4.Abridged from theREV. MATTHEW HENRYCONTENTSPage.Chap, I. The Nature of Meekness, 5Quietness of Spirit, 32Chap. II. The Excellency of Meekness, 40Chap. III. Want of Meekness lamented, 78Chap. IV. ENCOURAGEMENTS TO MEEKNESS — Scripture Precepts, 83Chap. V. Scripture Patterns, 99Chap. VI. When Meekness is specially required, 118Chap. VII. Arguments for Meekness, 132Chap. VIII. Some Rules of Direction, 145ON MEEKNESSCHAPTER I.THE NATURE OF MEEKXESS AND QUIET-NESS OF SPIRIT.
Meekness and quietness seem to import muchthe same thing, but the latter having somethingof metaphor in it, will illustrate the former, andtherefore we shall speak of them distinctly.We must be of a MEEK spirit. Meekness iseasiness. of spirit; not a sinful easiness to be de-bauched, as Ephraim's, who willingly walked af-ter the commandment of the idolatrous princes ;nor a simple easiness to be imposed upon anddeceived, as Rehoboam's, who, when he was fortyyears old, is said to be young and tender-hearted ;but a gracious easiness to be vvrrought upon bythat which is good, as theirs whose heart of stoneis taken away, and to whom a heart of flesh isgiven. Meekness accommodates the soul to everyoccurrence, and so makes a man easy to himself,and to all about him. The Latins call a meek manmansuetus, which alludes to the taming and reclaim-ing of creatures wild by nature, and bringing themto be tractable and familiar. James, 3 : 7, 8. Man'scorrupt nature has made him like the wild ass used1*6 HENRY ON MEEKNESS.to the wilderness, or the swift dromedary traversingher ways. Jer. 2 : 23, 24. But the grace of meek-ness, when that gets dominion in the soul, alters thetemper of it, submits it to management ; and now thewolf dvvells with the lamb, and the leopard lies downwith the kid, and a little child may lead them ; forenmities are laid aside, and there is nothing to hurtor destroy. Isa. 1 1 : 6, 9.Meekness may be considered with respect both toGod and to our brethren ; it belongs to both the ta-bles of the law, and attends upon the first great com-mandment, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God ; aswell as the second, which is like unto it. Thou shaltlove thy neighbor as thyself ; though its especial re-ference is to the latter.I. There is meekness toward God, and it isthe easy and quiet submission of the soul to hiswhole will, according as he is pleased to make it
known, whether by his word or by his providence.1. It is the silent submission of the soul to the wordof God : the understanding bowed to every divinetruth, and the will to every divine precept; and bothwithout murmuring or disputing. The word is thenan " engrafted word," when it is received with meek-ness, that is, with a sincere willingness to be taught,and desire to learn. Meekness is a grace that cleavesthe stock, and holds it open, that the word, as a shoot,may be grafted in ; it breaks up the fallow ground,and makes it fit to receive the seed ; captivates theITS NATURE. 'high thoughts, and lays the soul like white paperunder God's pen. When the day-spring takes holdof the ends of the earth, it is said to be turned as clayto the seal. Tob, 38 : 14. Meekness does, in likemanner, dispose the soul to admit the rays of divinelight, which before it rebelled against ; it opens theheart, as Lydia's was opened ; and sets us down withMary at the feet of Christ, the learner's place andposture.The promise of teaching is made to the meek, be-cause they are disposed to learn : " the meek will heteach his way." The word of God is gospel indeed," good tidings to the meek ;" they will entertain itand bid it welcome. The " poor in spirit " are evan-gelized ; and Wisdom's alms are given to those thatwith meekness \vait daily at her gates, and like beg-gars wait at the posts of her doors. Prov. 8 : 34.The language of this meekness is that of the childSamuel, " Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth ;"and that of Joshua, who, when he was in that highpost of honor, giving command to Israel, and bid-ding defiance to all their enemies, (his breast filledwith great and bold thoughts,) yet, upon the intima-tion of a message from heaven, thus submits himself to it : *' What saith my Lord unto his servant ?" andthat of Paul, (and it was the first breath of the newman,) " Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?" andthat of Cornelius, " And now we are all here presentbefore God, to hear all things that are commanded

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