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Jesus had a meek and gentle heart.
Paul speaks of the meekness and gentleness of Christ (2 Cor. 10:1), and Peter tells us that when He was reviled, (He) reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not, but committed Himself to Him who judgeth righteously (1 Pet. 2:23). He did not strike back when He was injured; He did not try to justify Himself, but committed His cause to His heavenly Father, and waited. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth (Isa. 53:7).
That was the very perfection of meekness, that not only would He not strike back when He was lied about, but suffered the most cruel and shameful wrongs. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matt. 12:34), and because His blessed heart was full of meekness He did not thunder back at His enemies.
It is just this kind of heart He wants us to have when He commands us to Resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;...and whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain (Matt. 5:39, 41).
I know a black brother, over six feet tall, with a full chest and brawny arms, who was recently put off a street car, in the most indecent and brutal manner, but where he had as much right to be as the conductor himself. Someone who knew his past fighting record said, Why dont you fight him, George?
I couldnt fight him, for God has taken all the fight out of me, replied George. When you put your knife in the fire and draw the temper out of it, it wont cut, he added and fairly shouted for joy.
Blessed are the meek (Matt. 5:5), for He will beautify the meek with salvation (Psa. 149:4). -Samuel L. Brengle
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