[CF Devotionals] 2017-12-13 - Meekness

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Jesus came into this world being born in stable and laid in a manger amidst the animals, because the world had no room for him. He left the same world being mocked, disgraced, beaten like a common criminal, and sent to his death by the same world he had been commissioned by God to grant eternal life to. He was the picture of meekness, yet we should not mistake it for weakness. Meekness is what I’ve sometimes heard described as “quiet strength,” and there have been many times I have grappled with such a concept. I’m grateful for a creator that knows exactly how to help me understand him.

Music is a tool of praise and personal expression, a manner of celebration as well as a method of sharing ideas learned about people, places and things. Insight can be gained, and doors to the mind opened, by the thoughts relayed in a carefully-worded song. Not long after I professed my faith in Christ, at the record store, I found an album that was very intriguing to me. The title of the record was The Painter, and at the core of my being lives artistic inspiration. I have always known the creativity came from God. I’m not sure how I knew, yet even as a very young girl of about twelve, it was clear to me that there was a kind of transformation of my mind and body when I was doing anything related to artwork. Combine painting with the feeling of being energized by music, from the time I was old enough to be in a school choir and we have a recipe made by God to help me better understand meekness in song.,

The song titled Paint My Life, from John Michael and Terry Talbot’s release, The Painter, brought clarity to what it meant to be molded or painted - as Jesus allowed himself to be for my sake, that I may be forgiven and an instrument of God’s peace, ultimately his glory. As I use my hands to create works that are inspired and completed by God, the song puts into words how that is done. God is the color held in the bristles of the brush, and I am the hand that does what he would have me do with those colors. The colors found in the song are love, mercy, humility, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness and meekness. In the song, the writer is asking for Jesus to paint his life as a painter fills a canvas with beauty. We are to be the canvas of hope that people see, that leads to God. If we want to be representatives of his glory, we need to remember it is up to us to be the best version of who God made us to be, so we are bringing hope to others in a world darkened with sin. We can become a triumphant canvas of God’s handiwork to deliver us from our own shortcomings, just as Jesus was the clay, molded by the potter to become sin - so glorifying God as the redeemer. So rather than focusing on our sin or the sins of others (Greek word for sin in many NT locations means “missing the mark”), God wants to teach us meekness (Greek root mild, humble, gentle) as the tool of choice, to reveal our Father to us and others needing him. How are you revealing the Father to others? As we think about the birth of Jesus, how can we reveal the meekness of God’s love, given to us through Jesus, to others who may not yet have it?

*Below are the words to Paint My Life should it be of interest:

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:4-6) {meek in this verse come from the Greek word praos meaning gentle or humble}

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:38-30)

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ” (Ephesians 4:1-3)

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

“The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:19)

Paint My Life

So paint my life with Your charity
Paint my life with Your mercy
Paint my life with Your humility
And I will share in Your glory

Chorus:
Jesus.....paint my life
Jesus.....paint my life
Jesus
So colour Your brush
with Your kindness
Colour Your brush with
Your meekness
Colour Your brush with
Your gentleness
Colour Your brush with
Your forgiveness

Jesus.....paint my life
Jesus.....paint my life
Jesus

written by John Michael
& Terry Talbot (Album: The Painter)
© 1980 Troubadour For The Lord Music

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.


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