The Meekness of Wisdom

The Meekness of Wisdom

Wisdom is a gift from the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12:8)  How can wisdom be characterized as meek?

Let’s understand meekness as it was understood in Bible times.  True meekness is power under control such as when a horse is trained to accept a saddle and to obey the will of its rider or owner. 

The training of the horse does not make the animal less strong.  The submission of the horse does not make it less strong.  Neither the training nor the act of submission makes the horse less than he was when he was running untamed.  It actually makes him more valuable and useful!  That’s something to think about for several seconds.

Jesus was described as meek, and yet He had supernatural power available to Him.  All He had to do was to speak to access His miraculous power, but He didn’t do it.  He humbled Himself to the will of His Father to complete His assignment to become our Redeemer.  He was as meek as a Lamb.

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.  (Rom 12:16 ESV)  Jesus did associate with the lowly and actually became lowly by becoming a man!

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.  (Pro 26:12 NKJV)  Spiritual wisdom is actually a connection with the heart of God.  There is no room for haughtiness or pride when we understand that any wisdom we have is given to us directly by the Lord.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  (Jas 3:13-17, emphases added)  The meekness referred to here is two-fold:  our submission to God’s will combined with our knowledge that the wisdom that is given to us is God’s own wisdom.

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  (1 Cor 3:18)  Jesus seemed foolish to many of the people in Biblical times.  Some felt that He should have defended Himself.  Others wanted to fight and to start a battle.  But Jesus, obeying the wise plan of His Father, didn’t do those things.  He was in complete control of Himself out of love for His Father.

Notice that James 3:17 names the “wisdom that is from above,” meaning that it is from God, and the verse talks about what personifies this spiritual and supernatural kind of wisdom.  Jesus did personify heavenly wisdom by being pure, peaceable, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality or hypocrisy.  Jesus was meek as well as wise.

The Scriptures tell us that Jesus actually became for us “wisdom from God”!  Jesus embodies wisdom.  Jesus’ life in each one of us contains the wisdom of God.

 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—  (1 Cor 1:30)

Jesus is the perfect example of the Meekness of Wisdom.  Glory to God!

Rx for Marriage

Rx for Marriage

Welcome to our study on marriage relationships and how they can be improved by knowledge of the Scriptures and obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

A good portion of spiritual wisdom is contained in my post entitled:  Live Peaceably With All.  When we think of living peaceably with people, we may exclude our family members from consideration—especially our spouse!

Our goal should be to live peaceably with our spouse whether he/she is a Christian or not!  The Bible gives us many verses to meditate upon concerning peace.  Here are only a few:  Psalm 4:8; 29:11; 34:14; 37:17; 85:8; 85:10; John 14:27; 16:33; Romans 1:7.  

Our Savior is called the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6; Judges 6:24), and He lives within each one of us.  We can learn to tap into His wellspring of peace, by training our ears to listen to the advice of the Holy Spirit.  We may also meditate on Bible passages concerning peace, and ask the Holy Spirit to show us how to moderate our behavior so that we may live obediently to God’s Word, and peaceably with all men.

The Holy Spirit will lead us into ALL truth (John 16:13; Eph 4:15), including: (1)  the truth for a husband on how to love his wife and to learn what makes her happy, and (2) the truth for a wife on how to honor and respect her husband!  Here are the Bible verses for you to study:  Men:  Eph 5:25; Col 3:19; 1 Pet 3:7 – and – Women: Eph 5:22; Col 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1, 5.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12:21 NKJV)  If you feel that your spouse has done something hurtful or said something painful to you, overcome that with good.  Repay them with love, kindness, and forgiveness knowing that God will take pleasure in your obedience to Him.  He will reward you.

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.  (Rom 14:19 NKJV)  We’re encouraged to pursue the things which contribute to peace. 

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation . . . (2 Cor 5:18) Jesus was the chief Reconciler. (2 Cor 5:19)  The Lord has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.  The Lord desires that we lay aside our own hostility; antagonism; and ill will against another person just as He forgave each and every one of us of ALL of our sin!  Forgive your spouse, and move ahead.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  (Gal. 6:2)  When spouses show their love by bearing one another’s burdens, that loving affection will become a very powerful glue that holds the relationship together and deepens it.

I pray that these thoughts will assist you and your spouse to draw closer, and to grow in love and respect.  Be blessed!