Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

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 keep help you learn how to have a meek and quiet spirit.

Song: Take Time to Be Holy