Meekness

Men shy away from the term meek thinking of the word in its modern translation which implies weakness.

meek

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adjective

1

compliant, meek, spiritless

evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others"; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott; "she looked meek but had the heart of a lion"; "

2

meek, mild, modest

humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing"

3

meek, tame

very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes

Unfortunately, the term "Meek" has drastically changed from its original meaning since it was added to the King James Bible. The translators of the King James Bible struggled to find a word that would translate the word prautes. Prautes was difficult to define in Greek but, translating it into English was even harder. The translators eventual choose the word “meek”, the only word in English that came close to defining prautes. However, the definition for meek in the old English of King James day was infinitely deferent than the definition of meek in the modern dictionary. The Old English definition of meek was more along the lines as a humble, yet strong individual who is able to keep his temper under control. Modern ministers refine this to “Strength under control” often using the illustration of controlling a powerful stallion with a bridle and bit.

Yet, even the old English definition of meek didn't completely define prautes. Prautes does stand for meekness. However, prautes also describes a condition of the mind and heart in regards to each individual’s attitude and relationship to God. First and foremost, prautes is defined as an inward grace of the soul that submits itselfto Godno matter what the circumstances. Prautes is strength of spirit in which we accept God's dealings with us as good no matter what thesituation is, whether adversity or prosperity, without disputing or resisting. Second, prautes defines strength of character that incorporates kindness and consideration toward our fellow man. Third, prautes incorporated humility in the proper use of authority or power in dealings with other people. A truly meek (prautes) individual recognizes that all power, authority and ability comes from God and is to be used wisely with consideration and responsibility. Prautes therefore, combines humility and character with strength under control. It is more closely translated to refer to a person of tremendous power and authority who wisely, humbly and temperamentally utilizes and controls that power. So, considering the original meaning of meek, was Jesus meek? Absolutely! Consider the strength of character and will power He exercised on His power and authority in His confrontations with the religious leaders. With the power of creation, life and death at His command, what do you think He could have done to the men who opposed Him and later crucified Him? Something to think about.

Therefore, becoming Christ like involves Learning and Action:

  • Learning to submit to the Holy Spirit's direction
  • Learning to incorporate the Fruit of the spirit in your daily life
  • Learn to choose to act like Christ

There is a excellent book titled "In His Steps" by Charles Sheldon that explores the question "What would Jesus do?" in any given situation. It's a good question to ask yourself in your quest to become Christ-Like. As yourself "What would Jesus do?" in various situations. It makes for some interesting exercises. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is God working in your life?

  • Are you growing in Christ?
  • Are you being transformed by the renewing of your mind?

If you were to stand before Christ right now which would you be?

  • The "Well done good and faithful servant" Christian

  • Will you be a 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 Christian - all your work on earth judged and burned by fire and you gain heaven by the skin of your teeth.

  • Or will you fall under the category of Matthew 7: 21-23 Depart from me I never knew you!

 

Remember, Christian growth requires effort on our part. Yes, the Holy Spirit guides us but we have to do our part as well and that includes studying the Bible. The Bible is our instruction manual. But, it can be like a jigzaw puzzle. I believe God designed it that way to make us search, make us think, make us learn. Lets learn together.

 

 

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