Meekness, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 77)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 77

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Meekness, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Meekness is yielding our rights to God so He can demonstrate His peace and power through our lives.

One Hebrew word translated meekness is anavah. It is derived from the root anah, which means “to humble oneself, to bow down, to be afflicted, to become low.” One Greek word for meek is praus. It simply means “mild, humble.” The word meekness is often used in combination with other words such as lowliness, righteousness, and gentleness (see II Corinthians 10:1).

Meekness is vital because it is the one quality that Jesus used to describe Himself: He said in Matthew 11:29, “… Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart”. Thus, the more we understand and develop meekness, the more we take on the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is therefore understandable that Jesus would begin His discourse on discipleship by praising the quality of meekness in Matthew 5:3–5: “Blessed are the poor in spirit… . Blessed are they that mourn… . Blessed are the meek… .”.

Rewards of Meekness

Knowing Jesus Christ

The goal of the Apostle Paul was “to know him [Jesus Christ], and the power of his resurrection”. He declared that he counted “all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”.

Comprehending the Gospel

The good news of salvation is available to everyone. However, only the meek will understand it and respond to it. Jesus explained this when He opened the scroll of Isaiah and read, “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek”.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

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