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Meekness follows poverty of spirit and


sorrow for sin

It is most natural that a person


who realizes he is spiritually poor
and who mourns over his pitiful
state should be emptied of pride
and self-centeredness.
There is no more a defiant spirit
but a willing and humble spirit and
he is ready to be led by our Lord
Jesus.

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Meekness - a difficult word to define

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This word encompasses many


things but most people imagine
it to be a weakness.
It has been confused with
being indecisive, wishy-washy
and timid and who is unsure of
himself.
All these unfortunately are
not what this word mean.
On the contrary this word is a
positive word and associated
with inner strength.
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Moses - the meekest man on earth


Numbers 12:3
His meekness is
demonstrated by the
fact that he would
rather have God
destroyed him than
for him to destroy his
people on account of
their sins.

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Greek word for meek

Praus -

Greek

It has many meanings.


It means the mastery
of ones anger and
passion
Proverbs 16:32 - He
that is slow to anger is
better than the
mighty; and he that
rule his spirit better
than he who conquer a
city.

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Other meaning for Praus

It is used to describe
an animal which has
been tamed and
domesticated and
which has become
subject to control.
It is no longer wild and
can be rode on and put
to good use.
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The meek man does feel anger but ...


For the right reason
In the right manner
At the right moment
For the right length of time

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Righteous anger of the meek man


When anger is for our own
sake, it is often wrong.
When anger is for the
sake of others, it is often
right.
Though Jesus was never
angry at the insults hurled
at him, He was angry when
He saw the poor pilgrims
being exploited by money
changers in the temple.

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The power of the meek man

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The meek man has the


ability to bear
reproaches and slights
with moderation and does
not embark on revenge
quickly.
He is not easily provoked
to anger but is free from
bitterness and
contentiousness, having
tranquility and stability
of spirit.
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The meek man and others

The meek man sees himself


and all others as under God.
Since he is poor in spirit, he
does not think more highly of
himself that he ought to and
therefore he relates well to
others.
Most of us are too concerned
with justifying ourselves
rather than edifying others.
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The problem of pride and selfcenteredness

Most people tend to assume without thinking that he is


the center of the universe or that others are simply
pawns in a chess game.
Hence he relates poorly to the 6 billion others, the
majority of whom also unfortunately labour under the
same delusion.

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Ellen Whites comments on meekness


(Mount of Blessings p.15,16)

Human nature is ever


struggling for expression of
self, or pride, or love of
supremacy. But when Self is
yield to the disposal of the
Holy Spirit, then we are not
anxious to have the highest
place. We have no ambition
to crowd and elbow
ourselves into notice but we
feel our highest place is at
the feet of the Saviour.
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ME
I did it

my

way

OTHERS
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Ellen Whites comments on meekness


(Mount of Blessings p.15,16)

It is the love of self that


destroys our peace. While
self is all alive, we stand
ready continually to guard it
from mortification and
insult; but when we are dead,
and our life is hid with Christ
in God, we shall not take
neglects or slights to heart.
We shall be deaf to reproach
and blind to scorn and insult.
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ME

I did it my
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Two important facts about Praus

It is the virtue of the man who


acts with gentleness when he has
in his power to act with stern
severity.
He treats that someone who has
been very mean to him with
kindness (which he does not
deserve).
This Greek word is associated
with strength rather than
weakness, fear or indifference it is the gentleness of strength.

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Meekness spoken of in the Bible as a


cardinal Christian virtue

1 Peter 3:4 - A meek spirit


is in the sight of God of
great value.
1 Timothy 6:11 - Aim at
meekness.
Galatians 5:23 - Meekness
is one of the fruits of the
Holy Spirit.
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Prayer of the meek man

Matthew 26:39
Like Jesus, the meek man
will pray like him, Not as I
will but as Thou will, Lord
Self is totally gone in his
prayer.

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The meek shall inherit the earth

In our world, it is the


strong and self-assertive
ones who rule the earth.
But in the world made
new, the last shall be the
first and the first shall
be the last.
Matthew 23:12 - Jesus
says that those who
humbled themselves now
will eventually be exalted.
The new earth will be
given to the meek not the
self-assertive ones.

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