5/27/13

A Lamp Full: Meekness


One of mortality’s great tests comes when our beliefs are questioned or criticized. In such moments, we may want to respond aggressively—to “put up our dukes.” But these are important opportunities to step back, pray, and follow the Savior’s example. Remember that Jesus Himself was despised and rejected by the world.  But when we respond to our accusers as the Savior did, we not only become more Christlike, we invite others to feel His love and follow Him as well.    Robert D. Hales

Last week, I stared at the television in horror as an F5 tornado swept through a very populated area not far from my home. I stood with mouth wide open at the absolute destruction left in the aftermath of that fierce storm. I could not hold back the tears as I thought of the many people who were surely lost in such a calamity. If you saw what I saw and know what I know of the amazing power of tornadoes, you would surely recognize the miracle that more people were not lost.  I knew much of what these good people would be facing as we  faced it ourselves exactly two years ago. But there is one thing that brought me hope through it all. I know the people of Oklahoma. They are strong. They are courageous. They know to whom to look for help. The savior of the world who suffered all things for us so that he might know how to succor us in time of need. The news anchors reporting at the time encouraged all who were watching to pray.

The national press came, and people started talking. In a world where it is becoming less and less acceptable to praise God, we do anyway. And we do it with courage. This leaves us open for ridicule. And the ridicule has been great. There are many who mock us as we stand for faith, family and freedom of religion. But where else can courage come from, if not from God? I know of no other source for true courage. 

I read a news article about the wonderful teachers who protected children in Plaza Towers Elementary School as it was ripped to pieces. They all attributed God as the reason they were yet living. I made the mistake of reading the comments below the article. I do that a lot and it doesn't matter what the subject of the article, but the comments always turn into a hot spiritual debate. That was certainly the case in this article.  One person will profess a belief in God and twelve others will tell her that she is delusional. Then the fist fight begins. True Christianity at it's finest (not) as the offended lash out and ridicule and mock those who don't believe in a most unkind manner. Let us remember to be meek.

I am one who believes wholeheartedly in speaking what I believe. I also am quick to defend others. But there is power in quietly, meekly and boldly declaring a belief without tearing others down. If we could see one another as God sees us, we would surely treat one another differently. We must "Put off the natural man and become meek." (Mosiah 3:19)

How can we fill our lamps with meekness?
  • Bite  your tongue. Just try it. You won't explode, I promise. Once words are out, you can never call them back. 
  • Do not be so easily offended. Strive to be so firm in your faith that it really doesn't matter what others think of you. It is a trap of Satan to worry and fret so over the opinions of others. Does that fact that my neighbor does not believe as I do make my belief any less real? Absolutely not!
  • Pray for those who despitefully use your and persecute you. (Matt 5:44) Better yet, serve them, compliment their syntax, or if all else fails, their car. Pour out compassion and kindness and love. 
We can not borrow meekness from another. We must have our own lamps full of meekness so that we can defend our faith, our families, and our freedom of religion as true disciples of Christ and truly honor Him in our efforts. 

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10 comments:

  1. Dear Janine
    When I am faced with ridicule for my beliefs or just about anything else in life, I ask our Lord to fill my heart with His love for that person through His Holy Spirit! Then it is not difficult to love such a person and to pray for them!
    Blessings from Unite
    Mia

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  2. I think you have found the key. Thanks for sharing Mia.

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  3. Janine - "Where else can our courage come from...if not from God?" I love that line. Isn't that the true source of any strength, any hope, any joy!? Christ! Amen, my friend! Amen! UNITED in Him, Jen

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  4. What a lovely post, Janine. Courage does indeed only come from God and we need to use it wisely. Thank you so much for sharing this at the WEDNESDAYS ADORNED FROM ABOVE Blog Hop !

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  5. Sadly, people don't realize that they can bite their tongues instead of always voicing their opinions.

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    1. It is a learned skill. It takes self control which is also in short supply these days!

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  6. Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if everyone could put these tips into practice? This is a great post. Glad I stopped by from Things I Can't Say!

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  7. Very good article! Thanks for sharing at Faith Filled Friday.

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  8. Amen. If we are going to bring people along to see our point of view we need gentleness and compassion along with truth.

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