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The Fruits of the Spirit: Meekness
(A Mouse on the doormat)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Meekness is the eighth quality in the list of the fruits of the spirit. This is another quality in the grouping of those that are about our relationship with ourselves.

For me at least, the first animal that comes to mind when I think of the word meek is a mouse. Small and brown, with beady, black eyes ? mice are not exactly intimidating. It's as if we put the words meek and meager together in our minds.

J. Upton Dickson was a fun-loving fellow who wrote a book entitled Cower Power. He also founded a group of submissive people. It was called DOORMATS. That stands for "Dependent Organization of Really Meek And Timid Souls ? if there are no objections." Their motto was: "The meek shall inherit the earth ? if that's okay with everybody." Their symbol was the yellow traffic light. This is how many people view meekness.

Growing up I used to hear my dad say that meekness is not weakness. Defining meekness, we find several different qualities: being able to calm another's anger, having power but choosing how to use it, and being in the middle of a controversy but not losing your temper. Meekness is strength under control. Think of a horse that is trained to obey its rider. Think of a Doberman Pincher, a fierce animal, but a joy to its owner. Meekness does not imply that a person never gets angry, but it does mean that a person will err on the side of forgiveness and having patience rather than responding immediately with anger...

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Chad Prince.
(Oxford, AL)


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