sermon: Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Nine): Cultivating the Fruit of Gentleness
David F. Maas
Given 21-Nov-20; 62 minutes
David Maas, concurring with William Barclay that the term meekness is the most untranslatable word in the New Testament, suggests that the iconography (Pictures and statuary) of Christendom, coupled with the fact that it rhymes in English with the term "weak," have rendered its meaning as synonymous with helpless, retiring, acquiescent, spiritless, broken and wimpish—adjectives which in no way describe Jesus, Moses, David or Paul. Biblical meekness brings strength under control, enabling God's called out ones to tame the temper, calm the passions, managing the unruly impulses of the heart, converting chaos into order within the human spirit. The more one grows in meekness, the more useful he will become to God. Meekness or gentleness consists of submitting to God, enabling Him to couple maximum strength with maximum spiritual control. As God's people maximally submit themselves to God, He will reciprocate by bestowing maximum spiritual power, knowing that they will use it responsibly with the motivation of love and service rather than self-aggrandizing domination.
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