2 Corinthians 10 Lesson

Meekness Is Not Weakness

DEFINING MEEKNESS

Meekness should never be confused with weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth! This is especially true when we are talking about meekness in the Lord.

Google Dictionarydefines meekness as:

“An attitude or quality of heart whereby a person is willing to accept and submit without resistance to the will and desire of someone else.  In the case of Christians, this is God.”

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT MEEKNESS

The Bible contains many scriptures about meekness. For today’s lesson, we will highlight these four:

  1. “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” - Mathew 5:5,
  2. “But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity .” - Psalm 37:11,
  3. “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any person who was on the face of the earth.” - Numbers 12:3,
  4. “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” - James 3:13.

These four scriptures use the words “gentle” and “humble.” Somebody that is meek, acts gently and humbly. Somebody that is meek in the Lord is gentle, humble, and willing to submit to the commandments of God.

PAUL’S EXAMPLE

In 2 Corinthians 10, we see both the meekness and the strength of the Apostle Paul. While Paul was busy serving the Lord, the Corinthian people were busing disparaging him.   They said:

Paul could have responded in many ways to his critics, but he chose to respond with meekness by being gentle and humble.  Instead of retaliating, Paul said:

  • We are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12,
  • “We will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us.” – 2 Corinthians 10:13,
  • “He who boasts is to boast in the Lord. For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.” – 2 Corinthians 10:17.

Of note, Paul says that he will not compare himself to those who are boastful, and that, “He who boasts is to boast in the Lord.” Those are two things that all Christians should take to heart. When somebody is boasting of worldly things, we are not to boast ourselves, unless it is boasting in the Lord.  As the Bible teaches, we are to remain meek, humble, and gentle.

CONCLUSION

The writings of Paul provide us with incredible examples of strength , meekness , and humility. He was meek and humble in his response to the Corinthians, but strong in his commitment to follow and serve the Lord.

Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is submitting to God’s will with gentleness and humility. When we do that, we have the power of the almighty God behind us and there is no amount ofadversitythat we cannot overcome!

The Apostle Paul was guided by the Spirit and the word of God. As we interact with the world, we will face our own attacks and difficulties. We are not to join in or retaliate. Instead, we are to respond with meekness in the Lord.

Remember, we are not alone in our efforts to bring glory to God and serve others. We have two precious gifts to help us:

  1. THE BIBLE. Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy, “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17. For most of the decisions that we need to make in life, we will be able to find the correct scripture or scriptures to apply to make certain we are in obedience to God’s commands and teachings,
  2. THE HOLY SPIRIT. And for those situations where the right scripture eludes us, we have the Holy Spirit to help us. In Virtual Bible Study’s lesson on the HOLY SPIRIT, we said the following, “At times in our lives, we may encounter questions or have to make a decision that we cannot answer from scripture alone.   It is in these times that the Holy Spirit can guide us.   The Bibleteaches us “What” we are to do, the Holy Spirit lets us feel it.   Importantly, The Bible and the Holy Spirit will always agree. They will never contradict one another. If we get "a feeling" to do something that is contrary to what the Bible teaches, we can be certain that this feeling did not originate from God. 

We will end today’s lesson by reviewing the definition of the word meekness and a reminder that the meek will, “Inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity .” - Psalm 37:11,

Meekness: “An attitude or quality of heart whereby a person is willing to accept and submit without resistance to the will and desire of someone else.  In the case of Christians, this is God.” - Google Dictionary

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Joe R

I find this passage to be a powerful reminder that persecution is a by-product of embracing a life built around following the example of Jesus Christ. Personally, it challenges me because I have not experienced such persecution for my beliefs and perhaps this reflects failure to be more outspoken regarding my faith and responsibility to spread the Gospel to the people around me. It is also a great reminder of the need to embrace humility and follow Jesus' example when it comes enduring such persecution. If Jesus could remain silent when people persecuted him and sentenced him to death on a cross for my sins, how much more should I be able to remain humble when I experience challenges associated with being a disciple of Jesus Christ? Finally, I find it essential to remain aware that boasting is not appropriate unless boasting in the name of Jesus Christ. While all of these points are easy to understand and agree with, they can be challenging to put into practice. However, the lesson is helpful in highlighting the need to stay close to the Word and embrace the Holy Spirit working in us.

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Dan W

Paul had to deal with a lot of criticism from Christians, yet he loved them and helped them.
Today, criticism can be devastating to a minister and/or his family. It renders one powerless because relationships are so important. It would be a blessing to let it just roll off one’s back.

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