Is God mean?
How do we define mean? Not an easy task! Here are some of the many words (this list is not exhaustive) that are used to describe a mean person in the world today:
Ungenerous, hostile, rude, close, greedy, mercenary, mangy, miserly, niggard, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, rapacious, scrimpy, selfish, stingy, tight, tight-fisted, bad-tempered, callous, cantankerous, churlish, contemptible, dangerous, despicable, difficult, dirt, disagreeable, dishonorable, down, evil, formidable, hard, hard-nosed, ignoble, ill-tempered, infamous, knavish, liverish, lousy, low-down and dirty, malicious, malign, nasty, perfidious, pesky, rotten, rough, rugged, shameful, snide, sour, the lowest, troublesome, ugly, unfriendly, unpleasant, vexation, vicious.
Where does meanness come from? How do we overcome this negative spirit?
Galatians 5:16-21 indicates that meanness springs from the flesh and the human desire to please our flesh. The sinful human nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit of God. In other words, “there is a war going on inside of every person”. We must resist the evil nature and Satan and seek to walk in the spirit of God each day. This requires the believer in Jesus Christ to daily surrender to the will of God. We can only do this with the help of the Holy Spirit through prayer. God’s inner power gives us the inner strength to overcome negative spirits, within and without. We don’t have to live in meanness!
Pray that God will fill you with His precious Holy Spirit (Luke 11:1-13).
The God of the Bible does not fit any of the descriptions used for being mean. One of the fruits of His Spirit is kindness (Galatians 5:22). There is no law against kindness (Galatians 5:23) or any of the fruits of His Spirit. Pray daily that the sinful nature of meanness, will be defeated, and the uplifting, empowering quality of kindness will shine forth from your life and the life of other true believers (I John 4:4)!
Additional ReadingGalatians Chapters 1-6; Matthew 5,6,7 (Sermon on the Mount), I, II, III John.
1 Roget's 21st Centruy Thesaurus copywrite (c) 1992