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By: Don Bowman, Moroni Channel
United States of America
Meekness is a attribute that we should earnestly seek after. It is a brother to humility, and maybe should be examined more than we do! Part of it is to acknowledge our weaknesses having a need for the healing power of the atonement in our lives. It is the acknowledgment of not only our weaknesses, yet, also of our reliance and trust in our Savior. We trust in His timing, also that He will lead, guide, and direct us appropriately, even if we can't fully understand, and therefore walking somewhat in darkness. The flesh has a rough time trying to figure out the things of the flesh, let alone the things of the spirit which it can't. Therefore we are lead to a hungering and a thirsting for the goods, and truths of faith of charity, which are also brothers. All these things come from our Lord, whereby they will then lead us to be meek and lowly of heart. The more proud and wise we become in the ways of the world, the less we feel the need for the Savior and things of the gospel. However the more we set our hearts to learn, or and, to emulate the Savior, the more meek and humble we will become. To be learned is good if we hearken unto the counsels of our God.
2Nephi 9:30 But wo unto the rich,who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And Behold, their treasure shall perish with them also.
If we feel the Holy Ghost drawing us close to the Savior, and are daily reminded of his love and patience in our failures and weaknesses, we are more likely to be meek and teachable, having more of the power of God in our lives. If we do not have these feelings, the distractions, apathy, and pride will outweigh the things of the spirit, and we will find ourselves deflecting or resisting the spirit, making meekness and humility a fading attribute in our lives, also giving us less power to accomplish our mission, to come unto our Savior.
Meekness begins when we put our trust in God. Then because we trust him, we commit our way to him. We roll onto him our anxieties, or frustrations, our plans, our relationships, our jobs, and our health. Then we wait patiently on the Lord. We trust his timing, his power and His grace to work things out, in the best way for His glory and for our good. The results of trusting God, and the rolling of our anxieties unto God, and waiting patiently on God is that, we don't give way to quick and fretful fear, worry, or anger. But instead we take away wrath, and fear, and hand our cause over to God, and let him vindicate us if He chooses.
James 1:19 - 21 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness thee grafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Meekness also lives to learn. It counts the blows of a friend as sometimes invaluable. And when it must, says amending words to a person caught in sin or error, it speaks from deep conviction of its own weaknesses, and its own awareness to sin, and its utter dependence on the grace of God, for zeal wants to amend where anger and fear can feel malice. If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, that is, if you trust him, and commit your way to him, and wait patiently for him, God has already begun to help you, and will help you more. And the primary way that He will help you is to assure your heart, that you are a fellow heir of Jesus Christ, and that the world and everything in it is yours.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek:for they shall inherit the earth.
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