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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

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Live Well Wednesdays - Meekness



Today at "Live Well" Darlene asked a very poignant question:
Is Meekness a Weakness?


Wow! I can sit on that for a few days! How about you? Darlene also shared some wonderful Scriptures that really pierced my heart, I'd like to share this one:

"It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls."
~ Proverbs 25:27-28

Darlene also shares with us the definition of meekness as opposed to what we often mistakenly take it to be. It reminded me of a time, many years ago when I heard a youth Pastor teach about the Fruit of the Spirit and when he got to gentleness (which is a synonym of the word "meek"), he said, "Most people equate 'gentleness' with a wimp, particularly if you're referring to a man. Or if to a woman or anyone else, it is often misrepresented as 'mousy', 'weak', or even 'stupid'. But the truth is, someone who is gentle is not weak, wimpy, mousy or stupid. No someone who is weak is very strong because they demonstrate they know how to bridle their flesh, and don't feel the need to prove it to anyone."

Here's the definition from Dictionary.com on the word gentleness:
  • not severe, rough, or violent;
  • of good birth or family; wellborn.
  • characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable
  • easily handled or managed;
  • soft or low
  • polite; refined
Notice that there is not one mention of any form of weakness or "less than" in this definition? No, instead, we see the accurate definition of gentleness to be characterized by: of good birth, honorable, respectable, easily handled, polite, refined. No wonder gentleness is included as one of the amazing characteristics of one who manifests the Fruit of the Spirit! WOW!

By the way, the other synonym for 'meekness' is also humility.


So then the challenge is:

Do I "humble" myself to my flesh and its desires to fill itself? To glorify itself? To satisfy itself?

OR

Do I "humble" myself to Christ, who I claim to be my Lord? Will I glorify Him in all I do? Will I satisfy myself in Him alone?



As I consider this challenge, the Holy Spirit reminds me what Jesus said:

"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?"
~ Luke 6:46

OUCH!

Although I have achieved my goal in weight loss, I am well aware that while I'm on this side of Heaven, I will not achieve the fullness of Christ and His perfection. Therefore I will continue to mortify all that is in my flesh, and worship only; humbly bow down only to my Master, my Lord, my Savior, Jesus Christ.


Dearly beloved sisters, will you take this challenge with me?

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5 comments:

  1. Reminds me of an old gospel song, "He's still working on me!"

    I'm with you sister.

    God Bless

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  2. Wonderful inspiration here today, Sunny!! I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

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  3. Sunny, I came over because of your comment on Darlene's post. I didn't see your link, though.
    Living Well isn't just about reaching weight loss goals but embodies the entire person: Spiritual, emotional, physical.
    You should feel free to join us weekly.
    I myself have reached that goal more than once, I'm afraid. It is a daily struggle to overcome the tempation to eat too much and too much of the wrong foods. Living Well for me is eating right, moving more, and staying as close to The Lord as I can.
    Mama Bear

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  4. Ever heard the song by Steve & Annie Chapman called "I Haven't Turned out Yet"? Reminds me of myself!

    I really enjoyed this post -- I have to go back to Live Well Wednesday to read Darlene's full post -- I clicked on your name after reading the first part...

    D

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  5. Ever heard the song by Steve & Annie Chapman called "I Haven't Turned out Yet"? Reminds me of myself!

    I really enjoyed this post -- I have to go back to Live Well Wednesday to read Darlene's full post -- I clicked on your name after reading the first part...

    D

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