Meek and lowly in heart

When I think of meekness, I think of Jesus.

Meekness is misunderstood. It is considered weakness by many. The picture of Caspar Milquetoast comes to mind. Caspar, a 1950s comic strip character created by H.T. Webster for his cartoon series entitled, “The Timid Soul,” was known as a person who “speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick.”

That description does not fit the Creator of heaven, and earth Paul described in Colossians 1:16-18. Jesus was meek, but he was not “timid.”

What is meekness? Meekness is the quality of a person who is gentle and approachable. A meek person is one who doesn’t find it necessary to place himself above other people because he is just a person.

In life, Jesus allowed all kinds of people to approach him. He never pushed anyone away. In our day, it is impossible to get close to the president or other high government officials. The wealthy have security systems to prevent exposure to other persons and possible crime.

Jesus talked to tax collectors, women guilty of adultery, Gentiles, the unclean, those with disease and others many people wouldn’t talk to because of a bad reputation. The Scribes and the Pharisees chastised Jesus often because of the people with whom he associated. He told them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician but those who are sick do” (Luke 5:31 NET). What the Pharisees didn’t understand (as well as many people today) is they were every bit as spiritually sick as the tax collectors and sinners.

Jesus’ meekness gives us great encouragement, too. Because of his humility, we know that we can come to him for forgiveness. We can go to him for help with any problem. We can go to him, and he will understand.

How many people understand your pain? Jesus does. Obey the gospel, and he will show you how he is meek and lowly in heart by helping you.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for 34 years. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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