But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
The phrase that hit me was let us not be “provoking one another”. It seems to really come from the opposite spectrum of meekness. Provoking is all over Facebook and social media these last few days. I’m afraid the Christians seems to be some of the biggest “provokers”. This makes my heart so sad.
The referenced sermon, (http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/blessed-are-the-meek) written in 1986, is a well-considered understanding of meekness – from many angles of Scripture. I can only say how frustrating it is to see some of today’s most prominent Christian ministries post and write words so completely contrary to the truth presented here.
Either truth is truth all the time or it is conditional and circumstantial. I believe the former to be correct. We all do well to apply it that way.