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Must The Meek Suffer

What is the connection between suffering and meekness? Do you need to suffer in order to be meek? Can only the meek suffer?

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Mat 5:5 the work meek greek, gentle adjective Meekness,humbles under God's will.Part of dying to will. Suffer not good context for meekness. Meek "controlled strength". Christ humbled himself. God wants warriors. When the Spirit states to unlease power do that. Life is suffering Christian or not. If anyone states anything different they are selling you something.Submit to God. Seen testimony. To trust God. Believe suffering, or grow to maturity. God can trust you be faithful. Not timid, take abuse. Fight the darkness of this age with preconceived knowledge of meekness. The lion will eat you alive. BE STRONG IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. When you are weak you are STRONG.
---david3669 on 11/15/10

definition of meekness is humility.
you don't LOOK DOWN ON OTHERS or you don't others treat you like a dirt mat.

that's the problem with christianity is they quote words like meekness but don't explain it properly. and those who obey an improper explanation suffers bec. they don't know what they are following. they think meekness is to submit & be treated like dirt mat.
---mike on 10/29/10

Paul says in Romans 3:10,11 - "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God."

We must come to the understanding by the grace of God that these verses declared simply tells us that all are condemned and no one is good.

And the very first thing that the Lord will do to a Christian after calling His people to salvation is to humble them (He did this to Israel and He will definitely do it to the Christians), for all our hearts are filled with pride. And there's nothing more humbling than to learn that salvation is by the sheer grace and mercy of God.
---christan on 10/26/10

Yes, to all of your questions. Now, I have done some studying>>>under the influence of the Person of the Holy Spirit...Meekness, is moral quality of humility and gentleness, usually exhibited during suffering or difficulty and accompanied by faith in God. If you are born-again you have meekness, it is a part of the fruit of the Spirit....The opposite of meekness is a harsh and proud wickedness that insists self-vindication. See, we the people, don't even know nor understand a simple word. Meekness, is only available to a believer, by the indwelling Holy Spirit [Gal. 5:23].Lets talk integrity this afternoon. Well, it comes into play with meekness, not simply [humble or gentleness]
---catherine on 10/26/10

I don't believe there is a connection between suffering and becomming meek through that suffering....on 9/11 and for about a year after it happened, we were all scared, nice to one another, talking to strangers, etc., and about two years later, America was back to her old self of pride, self-righteouness, etc.,

Meekness is developed in you by the Holy Spirit (my belief). I wasn't always meek and still I can rise up against someone who is attacking me, unlike Jesus who let his enemies crucify Him. Could you do that? I don't think I could.

Suffering can bring humility into a person's life, but even that, if it isn't a work of God, it can turn a person bitter (suffering can).
---Donna5535 on 10/26/10

To Whosoever Has An Ear To Hear?

Brethren, The Justification of us being Meek comes from the Lord's suffering, and that's the only connection between our Meekness & suffering.

BTW Cluny ~ Humility is achieved through being Humble in the things we do.... so you were correct to state that "Humility is found in graciously accepting humiliation", BUT the acceptance of humiliations is not the ONLY way to achieve Humility !!!

Grace Unto You & Peace Be Multiplied
---Shawn.M.T on 10/26/10

Meekness is usually a result of learned life experiences .Albeit one may discard learned experiences and practice arrogance.
All people will at some time suffer but in general all people will not become meek as a result of what has been learned through experience .
Meekness as is patience is spiritual from a result of experience in living life.No one is naturally meek and no one is naturally free from suffering .The meek suffer along side of the arrogant.Thats life.Man can achieve meekness without a multitude of suffering but a multitude of suffering does greatly build a enduring spiritually meek man if he learns from his suffering.
---earl on 10/25/10

Psa 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Meekness is natural in childhhood. (I believe this is one reason Jesus loved little children). A child recognizes his inadequacy and turns spontaneously toward his parent when unsure.

Jesus was meek. Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart...

The sinfullness of man convices him that he is wiser, more righteous and more skilled than he actually is. What but suffering and humiliation can give him a proper perspective?

Jesus said (quoting Isa 61:1) ... the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek....
My guess is that only the meek can receive them.
---Donna66 on 10/25/10

In certain Bible translation work, Jesus is quoted to say, "I am meek and lowly in heart" (in Matthew 11:29). Was Jesus meek before He suffered, or did He need to suffer in order to become meek? This might help to answer your question.

I would say Jesus was already meek before He ever came to earth.

Meekness is a quality of God and His Holy Spirit, and we share in this quality by living in God's own love for all people. So, it comes with loving (c: Without love, you can suffer and it profits you nothing (1 Corinthians 13).
---Bill on 10/25/10

I don't know how to answer your question.

But I do know that the only way we can achieve humility is by graciously accepting humiliations.
---Cluny on 10/25/10

Pedant has asked one of the most interesting questions.I do not believe the question has a boldly defined answer avaliable.There is many things surrounding this question.
Suffering is a condition most all people experience.It is a result of one experience or many experiences that create this condition.Some are short term while others are long term.There are many reasons why we suffer.
Meekness is a frame of mind.Moses was a meek man as opposed to arrogance .Suffering does cause man to purposely think and reason to lessen his condition.Suffering will surely tame our arrogance but will not always cause meekness to surface in a person.
---earl on 10/25/10

Well let's get meekness straight, first it's not some mousy quality that passively accepts everything it's handed. Meekness is directed at the desires of God in the Christian first and is in submission to these things above all others, and that fiercely if necessary.

Every human ever born will suffer the injustice of the sin of this world meek or not. The meek however will suffer it more so as "all who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution."
---peter on 10/25/10

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