The Fruit of the Spirit 09
1. "The fruit of the Spirit" consists of 9 characteristics listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
2. "Meekness" is the eighth of these special characteristics.
I. THE BIBLE TEACHES CHRISTIANS TO BE MEEK
A. Ephesians 4:1-3
B. Colossians 3:12-13
C. Titus 3:1-2
II. MEEKNESS DEFINED
A. Meekness: a gentle, mild, and patient spirit that Christians are to manifest at all times toward all people.
1. Meekness has been described as "strength under control."
2. Meekness does not imply "weakness."
3. A meek person does not assert himself or his selfish interests.
B. Much can be learned about meekness by examining meek Bible characters.
1. Moses was meek (Numbers 12:3).
a. Later, a lack of meekness caused Moses to sin (Numbers 20:1-12).
b. Moses shows us that meekness must be demonstrated at all times, especially during stressful
2. Jesus was meek (Matthew 11:29; 21:4-5).
a. Later, Jesus cleansed the temple (Matthew 21:12-13).
b. Jesus shows us that meekness does not mean that:
1) error may be condoned
2) truth may be compromised.
III. THE BIBLE MENTIONS A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS WHEN CHRISTIANS ARE TO
A. In general, a Christian is to demonstrate meekness in his entire manner of life (James 3:13;
1 Peter 3:3-4).
B. More specifically, Christians are to demonstrate meekness when:
1. receiving God's word (James 1:21)
2. answering questions (1 Peter 3:15)
3. instructing those who oppose themselves (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
4. restoring someone overtaken in a fault (Galatians 6:1).
IV. MANY SPECIAL BLESSINGS ARE PROMISED TO THE MEEK
A. Psalm 22:26
B. Psalm 25:9
C. Psalm 37:11
D. Psalm 147:6
E. Psalm 149:4
F. Matthew 5:5