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Gentle Disposition: Not a Weakness But Virtue of the Spirit

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).

This Jesus' statement marks #3 of the characteristics of His disciples. Another word that some translations use for meek is "gentle". This is not just a disposition of one being reserved, but rather a virtue born in a believer's heart and personality by the Holy Spirit. A Bible commentator said that meekness or gentleness is the opposite of being out of control. It is not weakness, but rather supreme self-control empowered by the Spirit. Those who possess that virtue shall inherit the earth at Jesus' glorious coming for His own. Psalm 37:10-11 said, "A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they would not be found. But the meek or gentle will inherit the land and enjoy great peace”. Meekness or gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:23).

How does one acquire this attribute of the Holy Spirit? It is by total dependence on the eternal security we have a result of being a child of God. Jesus said that as many as believed in Him, God has given the right to be children of God (John1:12).We don't allow anything to disturb or rob us of our inheritance in God. We know that God would take care of it for us in our best interest because He loves and cares for His own. The admonition here is that we should daily let our gentle disposition blossom so that we can well represent God in His world, even during times of crises or life's challenges because Jesus already said that in the world, we shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer because He has overcome for us. In our calmness, we can always reason well and pray for God to guide us making the best decision possible for us in that situation. May God help us to daily display the virtue of meekness or gentleness.

                                                                                                                                    Dr. Johnson Omoni.

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