Fruit of the Spirit – Meekness, Temperance

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22 -23

Today let’s look at meekness and temperance.

The Greek word for meekness is praotes (Strong’s 4236).  The idea of meekness in the English seems to lean toward weakness.  But this is not the case in the Greek.  It is an attitude of accepting God’s dealings with us as good and do not dispute or resist.  It’s the ability, the attitude, to fall between the extremes of getting angry without a reason and not getting angry at all.   (The Complete Word Study Dictionary – New Testament)  This reminds me of the verse in Ephesians 4:26, which says, “Be angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” 

Jesus modeled the meekness that we are to cultivate.  When He cleared the temple of the money changers and all those that took advantage of the worshippers, not once but twice, yes, He was angry.  But His was a righteous anger, He was angry that they had turned His Father’s house in to a den of theives.  In His anger He never sinned.  He was angry for the right reason.  He showed the gentleness that comes from a place of strength.

We can find this word in other places in Scripture.  Take some time and look up 1 Cor. 4:21, 2 Cor. 10:1, Gal. 6:1, Eph. 4:2, Col. 3:12, and 1 Timothy 6:11, among a few others.  As I suggested on the previous post in this series, make a chart of what you glean from reading all the references. 

Now we move on to temperance.  The Greek word here is enkrateia (Strong’s 1466).  This means self-control.  Look up the other verses where this word occurs: Acts 24:25, and 2 Peter 1:6.  Particularly in 2 Peter 1:6 we see this is a trait we are to add: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness…”  It denotes controlling self, controlling fleshly desires, from how we act to how we live. 

As I have suggested, take the time to do your own research.  Pray, ask God to illuminate these verses for you.  Search your heart for what He reveals to you.  The Scripture is alive, it speaks to us as we need it.  If through this study you have become aware of a fruit that you should have but don’t, pray, ask God to help you develop it.  He will gladly. 

Until the next part of our study, I again urge you to Think About It.

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