Week of June 15
Meekness and Courage
We often believe that perception is reality, but many times it is not.
The enemy is swift to tempt us to believe something about another person that may not be true. Remember, God created us for fellowship—first with Himself and then with others.
Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, the enemy knows that he can no longer capture our souls. We are saved by the grace of God.
However, he never backs away from a challenge and sets new goals to disrupt and, if possible, to destroy our fellowship with God and with those we love.
When conflict arises, it is extremely important for us to listen only to the voice of God. While there is benefit that can be gained from the counsel of godly friends, there is also a great danger of missing what God wants us to see and learn on our own.
Therefore, before you react to a situation, ask the Lord to make His truth apparent to your heart. Set a goal to be meek and forgiving. He has given us the Holy Spirit, who is committed to leading and guiding us at every turn in life.
Wrong perceptions have been the cause of many misunderstandings. This is one of the reasons we view meekness as a weakness. In actuality, a meek person is not weak or timid. In fact, biblical meekness or gentleness is synonymous with courage, confidence, and strength under control.
God wants us to enjoy meekness as a fruit of the Spirit. When we learn how to rest in Him and allow Him to work through us, His meekness will rise to the surface of our lives. The inner need to be noticed professionally or socially will fade, and we will find that the glory of the Lord is ours to enjoy.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).
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