Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Living a Meek & Quiet Life - Part 2

  • Learn to pause"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: for God [is] in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few." Eccl. 5:2. 
  • Pray to God by His Spirit to work in you. When David's heart was hot within him, the first word that broke out was a prayer. When we are suddenly provoked and angered, remember to quickly pray for grace and strength to resist the temptation: "Lord, keep me quiet now!"
  • Be often examining your growth and proficiency in this grace. After making these adjustments to your passion and anger, have you shown any improvement? Do you still flair up, or do you have days of quiet? It is much more common to find those brothers and sisters older in Spirit to be able to stand in strength.
  • Delight in the company of meek and quiet persons.  Solomon once said, "Make no friendship with an angry man, lest though learn his ways" (Prov. 22:24,25). We are apt to grow like those we are friends with, so find persons who are sweet and amiable. Watch their ways, and learn from them.
  • Study the cross of our Lord Jesus. Christ died as the great peace-maker, to take down all partition-walls, to quench all threatening flames, and reconcile his followers, not only to God, but also to each other. If God gives you great peace after the Lord's supper, let us not go away and speak war to our brethren.
  • Converse much in your thoughts with the dark and silent grave. Think how small and inconsiderable all the hatred, anger, and provocation  appear when we come to look death in the face. Think "what need is there that I should so ill resent an affront or injury, that am but a worm today, and may be worms meat tomorrow."
    Will you put on the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, so that all men will know that you are a disciple of Christ? When we have a change in our countenance, it is proof that Christ is working in our lives - so practice what you praise. Matthew Henry, The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, 1698
Part 3