If you have been following us, we have been looking at the fruit of the spirit because its’ our demonstration, not our proclamation that identifies us as followers of Jesus. The world has heard us, now they are looking for the evidence, therefore we are in the middle of a wonderful fruit inspection. It’s only through an honest evaluation can we know who we really are. Our work in previous weeks, have brought us to the last 2 attributes listed in Galatians 5:22. Today, our discussion focuses us on “Gentleness, also accurately translated “Meekness.” The Greek word “prautes” in the text speaks to the inward heart of a person as it relates to God. We have a tendency to regard it as our outer layer- how we relate to others. However, prautes is much more than outer actions. It is our allowance of God to tame our hearts (think of a wild horse) and bring us into subjection to his will. When we exhibit a spirit of prautes, we proudly proclaim full and complete trust in ALL God does in our lives- even the tough things we don’t understand. Prautes gives life to the Romans 8:28 statement that “ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Meekness is not weakness as some believe. Meekness says God is always right, and I accept God’s dealings with me without bitterness. Meekness stands up and says, I must always accept what He sends, and I must always do it with gladness of heart. (W. Glyn Evans).
Do you want to grow in meekness? Be intentioned to Trust God fully! Blessings.