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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #14 --- Meekness
Quotatons on Meekness
I offer four definitions of meekness. 1. It is perfect conformity to God's will and cooperation in it. 2. Self-control that is the result of the dedication of self to a great truth or principle. 3. The subordination of self and self-interest to a great end. 4. Calmness produced by the consciousness of power.
—H. Stiles Bradley, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23, 1903.
To the meek belongs the ability to bear reproaches and slights with moderation, and not to embark on revenge quickly, and not to be easily provoked to anger, but to be free from bitterness and contentiousness, having tranquility and stability in the spirit. Meekness is the virtue of the man who acts with gentleness when he has in his power the ability to act with stern severity. In its Godward look meekness describes the man who gives to God the perfect trust, the perfect obedience, and the perfect submission. In its manward look meekness describes the one who is always angry at the right time and who is never angry at the wrong time.
—David Holland, Beauregard Daily News, DeRidder, La., Dec. 30, 1988.
What Jesus evidently meant by meekness is an attitude in which one sees himself and his own desires subordinate to a great cause. That attitude is positive, not negative; it brings heroic activity, not spineless submission.
—Edwin R. Errett, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1936.
The meek man is the one who practices in his daily life that other injunction of the Savior which exhorts us to let each day care for the things of itself, and to be not anxious about the coming days, or any possible changes or discomforts they may bring. That soul, who, when the day is done and the work of its swift-flying hours have for good or ill passed in review before the eye of God, lays himself tranquilly upon his bed to rest in quietude and peace, meekly commending his tired spirit to the keeping of his God–that soul has found the Christian’s secret of a happy life.
—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, April 12, 1900.
Meekness means we must surrender our very selves to the plans and purposes of God.
—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 20, 1952.
Meekness is the attitude of love. Meekness carries a double meaning; it suggests mildness in contact with men and humility in approach to God.
—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 8, 1922.
Meekness is not timidity or lack of force in personality. ... Meekness as a spiritual attitude is a disposition toward God of humble submission. It is a recognition that His ways are ultimate. It is a willingness to trust Him with our destiny even in affliction, sorrow and mysterious reverses.
—Montague Cook, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., April 7, 1960.
Meekness means selflessness. It means the quality of forgetting all about one's self, what one has done. It means thinking only of other people and devoting one's self to their good.
—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 15, 1920.
Meekness is not weakness, but might and power under the perfect control of the spirit.
—A.B. Kendall, The Herald of Gospel Liberty, Portsmouth, N.H., Feb. 21, 1924.
Just as pride is the root of all vice, humility is the ground out of which all moral perfections spring. Meekness is essential to spiritual excellence and power, and this was the grand characteristic of Christ.
—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Oct. 26, 1931.
Close kin to humility is meekness, indeed it is its inevitable companion. Humility is the right attitude toward God; meekness is the corresponding attitude toward men. If we realize that God is in heaven and we are on earth, we will be far from supercilious condescension toward men, or haughty aloofness from them. If we know our own weakness and unworthiness we will not be taking any side-slings at the publicans who come across our path. ... Nothing will unfit us for usefulness among our fellows or more poorly reflect the spirit of the Master, than assumption of superiority.
—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Nov. 3, 1927.
Meekness is disciplined strength. It is what someone has called "strength grown tender." It is the strong man who, because of the Spirit, has become kind and gentle. The meek man is gentle, patient and kind, and at the same time strong. He may be capable of being hot-tempered, like Moses was in his younger days; but still retaining his strength and courage, he has become teachable, sweet-tempered and considerate of others. Eventually that kind of people, not the self-seeking and warlike, shall inherit the earth.
—William Haney McKinney, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1939.
Meekness is the absence of egotism. It is the power to live in that unconsciousness of self which is preeminently the mark of a morally great nature. It is capacity to keep sweet and gentle and firm despite whatever assaults may be made on one's temper. It is self-respect without self-conceit, and self-defense without self-assertion. Its possession presupposes a high degree of moral energy. So true is this that the really weak man cannot be meek.
—Philip S. Moxom, The Independent, New York, N.Y., Nov. 30, 1893.
Meekness is the secret of the maintenance of mastery.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., June 24, 1906.
The meek are they who claim nothing for themselves, believing that in the end somehow the last shall be first, the servant master. They are rare.
—Charles G. Cullum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 27, 1946.
Meekness is the quality of life by which men meet the force of hate with the greater force of love. It is aggressive good will substituted for retaliatory violence. Meekness is strength grown tender because it is strong.
—Gaston Foote, Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 12, 1941.
Meekness is self-abnegation. Like charity, it seeketh not its own, is not easily provoked. It endures for the sake of others, and abases itself for the exaltation of others. Like the fertility of the soil, it shows itself only in the foliage and flower and fruitage of the harvest it produces.
—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1915.
Sweetness of disposition comes from meekness.
—Nephi Jensen, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 1925.
"O, how divinely happy are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." The characterization is not of a sort of human doormat, but attentive to hear God, submissive to His will, and courageous to carry out God's plan.
—C.A. Tucker, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Nov. 16, 1957.
Happy are the meek. Because they are considerate of others, they are heirs to friendship. Because they are humbly aware of their ignorance, they shall receive knowledge and wisdom. Because they are conscious of the love and laws of God, they shall become heirs to the enduring riches. Prosperous are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth, literally. They are humble before the mysteries of nature's fruitfulness, and they till the soil with temperance and wisdom. The meek will not embezzle the gifts of God to achieve private ends. The meek, lending themselves to the spirit and purposes of God, will make of earth a paradise for all men.
—Reed M. Holmes, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., Jan. 18, 1947.
Sometimes people get the idea that determination and meekness are the opposites of each other, but if they are properly balanced they are quite identical. ... Meekness is not a passive element; it is a positive power. The meek man is often the most determined! ... The meek man is determined in that he has fully resolved in his own mind that so far as he is concerned nothing but right is going to rule. ... He does not passionately resist anger in another, because he has determined to conquer it in himself. "Meekness," says Charles Buck, "is a disposition not easily provoked to resentment." Let us think of this for a moment! Meekness is a positive force; it is a mighty power! It enables a man to bring into subjection his baser passions and subordinate them to the higher and purer spirit of divine love. It was the power of meekness that enabled Christ to remain silent when He was reproached and smitten by the unregenerated Jews. The gospel of meekness will regenerate the world if it is applied as Christ applied it in His ministry. ... Let us remember that the gospel of meekness is a constructive and not a destructive message. It is one that takes man in his present condition and lifts him to that height that shall make him one with the infinite God. The gospel of meekness regenerates the soul; it purifies the heart and enlightens the mind. He who is made a partaker of the gospel of meekness is a child of God; he is fitted for service to humanity and thus is able to demonstrate his sonship. The gospel of meekness is a message of joy, for it brings peace and contentment to the one who possesses it and to the one who hears it.
—J.E. Vanderwood, Zion's Ensign, Lamoni, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1926.
Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit. It is a crowning grace of Christian character. It is a positive and not a passive or negative force. To be a meek man is not to be puny and effeminate. To be meek requires no surrender of our strong and impassioned powers, no giving up of our sharp and pointed characters. To be meek means that men must have full use of every power and faculty. The man who is master of his passions, his points, is the truest and noblest kind of man.
—Anson Titus, Universalist Quarterly, July 1891.
Meekness is not weakness. Without humility there is no meekness. Being meek can be closely associated with mildness and peaceableness. The meek are at peace with themselves and with others. They are not the self-centered type of person.
—Greg Randall, Pathfinder, Mercer Island, Wash., March 1972.
True meekness is the manifestation of the reserve force of great minds.
—Methodist Episcopal Advocate, Sutton, W.Va., June 24, 1896.
Meekness is love at school–love at the Savior's school.
—The Religious Telescope, Dayton, Ohio, March 19, 1856.