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Have you noticed the different ways people react to advice? Some roll their eyes and tap their foot. Others rebuke you for offering the advice. Then there are those who simply say “thank you,” but never follow it. Finally, some listen quietly and take the advice.
This week, we have been searching for examples of meekness. Meekness, also called gentleness, is the attitude that deals with others in a soothing, pleasant way. It is not harsh or full of anger. We have looked at several examples of meekness, including Jesus. Our search began by looking at the Beatitude, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
This attitude is important for dealing with other people. However, it is also vitally important for the way we approach God and his Word. James 1:21 says, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”(NIV) In this verse, the same root word translated “meek” in the Beatitude is translated “humbly.”
So what does this mean? Well, all the ways people react to advice are the same ways people react to God’s Word. Some roll their eyes, others get angry. Some act like they listen, but never follow it. You see, to humbly, or should we say meekly, accept God’s Word is to listen quietly and follow it.
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