Saturday, October 14, 2006

Are you meek and quiet....

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

I got an email from a friend today - a pastor's wife in Eugene, Oregon. She always has such a sweet spirit about her, no matter what may be going on around her. She has also been the one to be there with an encouraging word just when I need it (even though she is over 1600 miles away.)

I want to park on two words once again today. All too often, in Christian circles, these two words have been misinterpreted, used as Scriptural gongs, twisted to mean other things, and have some totally confused.

First of all I want to say that God made woman, just as He made man, to be like Him. We just have different roles.

The two words are: meek and quiet.

We all have different personalities and the way we go about situations. Some of us are more out going. Some of us are rather reserved. God made us all different for a reason - to serve Him to our 100% ability with our different gifts.

Quiet means - to be in a state of rest. It means to be free from alarm or disturbance; Peaceable; Not giving offense; Not exciting controversy, disorder or trouble; Calm; Not agitated by wind - like a still and quiet sea; Unruffled; Not restless; Freedom from disturbance or alarm; To appease; To suppress.

So I think that the definition should be sinking in! Do you think it is all about our emotions and how we handle them? Sometimes they are raging inside like a wild animal....hard to handle. But it does not change the meaning of quiet.

Have you ever looked at a calm sea or ocean? So peaceful, shimmering and glistening. Underneath are rip tides, currents, but controlled. When we are not controlled we can liken it to a Tsunami - look at the damage it does when full blown!

Meek - mild of temper; not easily provoked or irritated; given to forbearance under injuries.

Interestingly enough - both of these words most often used in the Bible are directed to both sexes not just the woman. God is not asking you to be someone He did not create nor lose your special qualities. God is asking and promising wonderful things if we get the emotions under control.

We are to go about situations filled with the Holy Spirit! If you get quirked in the wrong way by an emotion - STOP - get in your prayer closet - get it under control - and then head back into your day.

Thank you, Miss Lucy, for again sharing what God has laid on your heart!!

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