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What Is Meekness? (Titus 3:1-3)

Introductory Thoughts

What is true scriptural meekness? Is meekness simply humility or does it encompass something more pervasive? Though there is some overlap in meaning, meekness goes far beyond humility. According to scripture, meekness has to do with the way men respond to one another. Today's passage reveals that meekness is best expressed by avoiding both speaking evil of others and brawling. Meekness involves responding to others with a gentle spirit. Two prominent figures, Moses (Numbers 12:3) and the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:29), exemplified meekness in their lives. Both men were known for their meekness. God not only desires humility in the life of the believer, but also wants His people to be known for their meekness.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Would you speak to a tiny baby with a harsh tone or gently? Would you ever hit a baby? God wants us to treat others with gentleness, even those who fail to treat us the same way. Behaving this way is called meekness.
  • (For everyone): How do you know if you are being meek? When others criticize, how do you respond to their unjust criticisms? Do you seek to defend yourself at all costs no matter the extent to which you must strike back?
  • What thoughts come to mind when you think of the character of Moses and the Lord Jesus Christ? What traits displayed their greatness? How would you learn to become meeker?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to teach you how to be meeker each day.
  • Ask God to help you learn how to have a meek and quiet spirit.