RIP to ALL (millions named and unnamed) in the common grave of mankind: Mark et Al:(
John 5:28, 29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”
Am i teachable?!…thinking this is an important question for self-reflection.
What does it mean to be “teachable” ? Hmmm, hoping this post is a “teachable” moment of/in time:)
a : capable of being taught b : apt and willing to learn 2 : favorable to teaching
(Merriam-Webster On-line definition)
May be? some of us have come across a kid or person who was very eager and enthusiastic to learn. Then, on the flip side, perhaps, we can recall another who is/was balking/unwilling to cooperate whatsoever in the process of learning something new. You grasp what i mean?…If some of us are like sponges, then are some of us like “Patrick”? -lol:)
Duh! joanie, the teachable inherit…’Bikini Bottom’?;)… ‘a.naw’ (nah)!…”Earth”…please, notice these “Hebrew” scriptures:)…my highlights…
“But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11)
“The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, And the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel.”
“He will guide the meek in what is right,*(Lit., “in judgment.”) And he will teach the meek ones his way. (Psalm 25:9)
8 Let go of anger and abandon rage;
Do not become upset and turn to doing evil. *(Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”)
9 For evil men will be done away with,
But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.
10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;
You will look at where they were,
And they will not be there. (Psalm 37:8-10)
i LOVE this…please check it out further readings on Meekness🙂
A mildness of temper, without haughtiness or vanity. The mental disposition that enables one to endure injury with patience and without irritation, resentment, or vindictive retaliation. It is a close companion of and seldom found separate from such other virtues as humility, lowliness of mind, and gentleness. (See HUMILITY; MILDNESS.) The Hebrew word translated “meek” (ʽa·nawʹ) comes from the root ʽa·nahʹ, which means “afflict, humble, humiliate.” [excerpted: Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 364]
Meekness is NOT a weakness, but a strength…it is not a mock humility; the quality is steel-like…
False humility can actually result in developing haughtiness in the individual, for he may tend to think he is righteous on his own merit; or he may feel that he is accomplishing his ends, not realizing that he cannot deceive Jehovah. If haughtiness develops, he will in time be humbled in a way that he will not enjoy. He will be brought low, and it may be to his own destruction.—Pr 18:12; 29:23. [excerpted: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]
Jesus Christ’s Humility. Jesus Christ, when on earth, set the greatest example of a humble servant of God. On the evening before his death, Jesus girded himself with a towel and washed and dried the feet of each of his 12 apostles, a service customarily performed by menials and slaves. (Joh 13:2-5, 12-17) He had told his disciples: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:12; Lu 14:11) The apostle Peter, present that night, remembered Jesus’ fine example in living up to his words. He later admonished fellow believers: “All of you gird yourselves with lowliness of mind toward one another . . . Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”—1Pe 5:5, 6.
Two other Hebrew verbs involving “humility” are ka·naʽʹ (literally, subdue [oneself]) and sha·phelʹ (literally, be or become low). In the Christian Greek Scriptures the word ta·pei·no·phro·syʹne is translated “humility” and “lowliness of mind.” It is drawn from the words ta·pei·noʹo, “make low,” and phren, “the mind.”
A person can achieve a state of humility by reasoning on his relationship to God and to his fellowmen, as outlined in the Bible, and then practicing the principles learned. A Hebrew word, hith·rap·pesʹ, translated “humble yourself,” means, literally, “stamp yourself down.” It well expresses the action described by the wise writer of Proverbs: “My son, if you have gone surety for your fellowman, . . . if you have been ensnared by the sayings of your mouth, . . . you have come into the palm of your fellowman: Go humble yourself [stamp yourself down] and storm your fellowman with importunities. . . . Deliver yourself.” (Pr 6:1-5) In other words, throw away your pride, acknowledge your mistake, set matters straight, and seek forgiveness. Jesus admonished that a person humble himself before God like a child and that, instead of trying to be prominent, he minister to or serve his brothers.—Mt 18:4; 23:12.
Or, a person may learn humility by being brought low, humbled by experience. Jehovah told Israel that he humbled them by causing them to walk 40 years in the wilderness in order to put them to the test so as to know what was in their heart and to make them know that “not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.” (De 8:2, 3) Many of the Israelites no doubt profited from this severe experience and gained humility from it. (Compare Le 26:41;2Ch 7:14; 12:6, 7.) If a person or a nation refuses to become humble or to accept humbling discipline, such will suffer humiliation in due time.—Pr 15:32, 33; Isa 2:11;5:15. [excerpted readings: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]
“noun form pra·yʹtes “
A New Testament Wordbook, by William Barclay, says of the adjective pra·ysʹ: “In classical Greek this is a lovely word. Of things it means ‘gentle’. It is used, for instance, of a gentle breeze or a gentle voice. Of persons it means ‘mild’ or ‘gracious’. . . . There is gentleness in praus but behind the gentleness there is the strength of steel . . . It is not a spineless gentleness, a sentimental fondness, a passive quietism.” (London, 1956, pp. 103, 104) Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words states that the noun form pra·yʹtes “consists not in a person’s ‘outward behaviour only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. Rather it is an in wrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting; it is closely linked with the word tapeinophrosunē [humility], and follows directly upon it.’”—1981, Vol. 3, pp. 55, 56.
The word pra·ysʹ is variously translated in Bible versions “meek,” “mild,” “mild-tempered,” and “gentle.” (KJ, AS, NW, NE) However, as expressed in Barclay’s work quoted in the foregoing, pra·ysʹ goes somewhat deeper than gentleness and, when used of persons, means mild, gracious. [excerpted: Mildness, Insight Vol. 2]
Manifesting Meekness, Gentleness, Graciousness, yet NOT a spineless, stupid creature!! 🙂
(to be meek is to be teachable (which implies a continuous state))
Greetings Readers:) aka “Hey, how are things going??” Busy day, eh? Especially, Wednesdays… every day— my primary objective is living the “Truth” (Spiritual/Biblical Values, etc) and helping my family/friends (aka fellow-fragile-life that I know more closely and are a direct part of my life; you know– those who know me better or like/love me (despite being familiar with me and my quirkiness, my talkativeness, my imperfections/limitations, etc.) and continue to put up with or tolerate me, and helping my community any way i can (mostly i care about spirituality/spiritual health/needs of said community)…working out of my comfort zone mostly and finding-a-comfort-zone ?
Okay, this past Sunday my family/friends and i heard an “accurate” bible-based talk: “Who REALLY IS Jesus Christ?” An important/complicated question for consideration…in particular to some of us this time of year. Excellent talk helping make the distinction between knowing the man and knowing the messiah. (my intention was to transcribe my scribble notes… too tired, and too grieved, and wiping away tears to concentrate too much on that task.)
Christendom’s popular iconic images/ideas of “Christ” portray him as a “baby” (in a manger) or as (a “criminal”) crucified on a “cross”…
Although many believe that Jesus was crucified—executed on a cross—the Bible reports: “His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24, King James Version) Bible writers used two Greek words to refer to the instrument of Jesus’ execution—stau·rosʹ and xyʹlon. Many scholars have concluded that these words refer to a beam or an upright stake made of one piece of wood.
On the night of the annual Jewish Passover, Jesus instituted a simple procedure with his followers and commanded them: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24) Hours later, Jesus was put to death.
Bible writers compared Jesus to the lamb sacrificed at the Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Just as the Passover celebration reminded the Israelites that they had been freed from slavery, so the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death reminds Christians that they have been freed from sin and death. The Passover, held on Nisan 14 according to the lunar calendar, was a yearly celebration; the early Christians likewise observed the Memorial once each year.
Despite having a perfect mind and body, Adam disobeyed God because he selfishly desired something that did not belong to him. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6) Later, God’s chief enemy, Satan, suggested that no human would unselfishly obey God, especially if his life were on the line. (Job 2:4) Yet, the perfect man Jesus obeyed God and remained loyal to him, even undergoing a disgraceful and painful death. (Hebrews 7:26) This completely settled the matter: A human can remain faithful to God under whatever test or trial may be brought upon him. [excerpted article: Why Did Jesus Die?]
OF COURSE, Babies grow UP…right?
“The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will rule as king forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) When you remember Jesus Christ, consider what he is doing now. Jesus is ruling as a heavenly King. God’s Word prophesied regarding Jesus: “With righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:14) Those appealing qualities belong, not to a newborn baby, but to a mighty Ruler. [excerpted article: Remembering Jesus]
(haven’t felt this sick, weak, though my tummy is usually upset, almost (exaggerating a little now) since giving birth to a ten pounder sans drugs!)
Sorry Reader, but pain can be hard to explain… without coming off as a crabby complain…ERRRRR!!
Besides suffering from grief (like most of us fellow-fragile-life)… in its various torturous forms, from caring too much about just about everyone and/or everything i happen to be aware of affecting fellow-fragile-life and our planet (aka compassion fatigue)…i’m finding myself in this semi-constant state of mind/body hypersensitivity!
Food–most food these days–bothers me, a little or A LOT!! some weeks better than others… today, not a good one. Finding myself so busy with work/responsibilities, etc. unable to really decipher exactly/precisely my inconsistent-consumption-culprits. (I have vague ideas and have eliminated some stuff.)
Stayed up way too late last night till around 4 a.m. reading/studying after a busy day…have to better control my eagerness to drink up the learning! Then was up early getting kids to school, busy with volunteer work, and other activities… so an exhausted/spent body/mind ….mind/body has problems processing an overload of work… digesting food properly can be liken to arduous work, right?
Last week did too much reading, hours upon hours at a setting, strained my eyes; literally couldn’t see straight without tearing…I can’t live without reading, how do the blind cope? (My heart breaks for the blind, (especially the spiritually blind), so thankful for healthy eyesight!) Braille, incredible tactile skill!
Itchiness/allergies/cough is pain, too… and headache…
Well? Feeling better now… enough to document this brief diary of digestive issues.
Indigestion? Sufferings? of the hungry stomach? loving heart? learning mind? limited-frail-flesh?
Realize and am attuned to my personal, particular triggers… that I shall keep private. Thank You for listening Reader and HOPE You:) are healthy and have all the hugs You need to keep going. Sorry IF this post is TMI (too much info).
Learning my limits… challenging. (feeling so pathetic sharing this here; may be? that’s an indicator of a hidden/iota of
P.s. the accompanied missing music from my above-mentioned previous “Partners in Wellness” post… we all need a “complete” cure from sickness and pain… asap would be nice, huh?:)… who of us fellow-sufferers couldn’t use a “comforting” hug/kind, encouraging word in the waiting meantime?
Never Give Up Hope!! Keep choosing compassion and patience, forgiveness, peace!!