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The Meek – Thu – 21-09-02



Have you ever needed to correct another person? Perhaps you’ve managed others in the workplace and you needed to improve the performance of your employee. Or, maybe you are a parent. Parents often need to correct their children! Or could it be a neighbor with whom you have a dispute?

When it comes to correcting others, people handle it in different ways. Some people expend a lot of anger and energy on their employee or child. They are harsh and overbearing. The same can be true of neighbors. In all of these situations, voices are raised and the words spoken are hard.

Paul the apostle needed to correct the Corinthians. In 2 Corinthians 12:20-21, Paul expressed his fear that some people in Corinth had not repented of sexual immorality. And he was concerned he would arrive and find rage, jealousy, selfishness, slander, gossip and disorder. So how did he approach the situation? Did he rail at them with a harsh tone? No. Listen to what he said in 2 Corinthians 10:1, “By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you.”(NIV) Then Paul spent a couple of chapters appealing to them.

Think about that phrase “by the humility and gentleness of Christ.” Shouldn’t that be the way we approach correcting others? For that matter, shouldn’t that be the way we approach others in any situation? May we have the meekness and gentleness of Jesus!


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Fruit of Gentleness – Tue – 21-07-20



Have you noticed how hard it is to have a conversation when people disagree? Whether in person or on social media, people quickly lose their temper and fling hurtful words at each other. Sometimes they even stir up trouble to get others fired or censured. The word used now to describe this is cancelled. We have become quarrelsome. People lash out with a whip made of words in an attempt to subdue their opponents!

The apostle Paul understood this temptation. He wrote to a church that needed a lot of correction. In 1 Corinthians 4:21 he asked, “What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?”(NIV) I know what I’d prefer! I want to deal with people who have the gentle spirit! Whips don’t feel good!

Paul actually did not use a whip. In 2 Corinthians 10:1, Paul said he appealed to them with “the meekness and gentleness of Christ.”(NIV) He knew how to approach people who needed correction. This helps us understand what it means to be gentle or meek. It is the opposite of being harsh with others. It involves appealing to them in humility. Our approach must be soothing, not irritating. Today, check any temptation you have to whip others with words and appeal to them with the gentleness of Jesus.


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