When my husband Brad is preparing to smoke meat, there’s a trio of spices he and many others often use. I now know them simply as SPG: salt, pepper, and garlic.

Even if you’re not one to frequent the meat counter or wait unperturbed in long lines for exceptionally good barbeque, you may be familiar with SPG.

Psalm 45 contains a trio of causes near to God’s heart which are so perfectly entwined with one another as to be considered a single cause:

“And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness…” (Psalm 45:4a).

Truth, meekness, and righteousness (or “TMR”) are characteristic of Christ and what God wants to infuse us with.

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Many commentators agree Psalm 45 is a love song, prophetic of Israel’s coming Messiah—Jesus who is King and Prince—pointing to Him as a Bridegroom espousing the church (collective group of individuals who place their trust in Him) to Himself.

It’s one of the clearest Old Testament passages of the coming mystery of what would be—and is—Christ’s bride: His church.

As we who live in what is known as the Church Age celebrate God having sent His Son, the Prince of Peace and King of kings, it is a good time to both marvel at (and intentionally live out) His cause of truth, meekness, and righteousness (TMR).

TMR, of course, is a culturally foreign trio of spices.

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TRUTH: Will we know it, expose ourselves to it, and share it with others through the remainder of this year and into the next?  If we are to know truth, we must know (with intimacy) Jesus: the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Not by merely listening to sermons, worship songs, or any other worthwhile presentations about Jesus—but through our own personal reading and study of Him in God’s Word, the Bible. Consider ETL’s Helpful Tools page for practical information on how to get started and keep rolling with truth!

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MEEKNESS: Are we going to respond to an increasingly challenging culture (whether in the school, workplace, home or even church) with meekness? Similar to it’s cousin “gentle”, the word “meek” rarely finds traction in our minds or speech. Yet meekness isn’t being wimpy—it is power under control (much like a strong, well-trained horse). It’s what we ourselves and the world around us need every day. All who are in Christ and submitting to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit will have this trait (see Galatians 5:22-25).

In a world of people who have trouble identifying, recognizing, or cherishing truth, Meekness is often the door through which Truth walks.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS: Will righteousness characterize our lives before God and a watching world through the coming days, weeks, and years? Or do we really even know what it means? Righteous is the opposite of what all of us, as naturally sinful people, are. It is the positional characteristic of being found right in God’s eyes.

Knowing mankind could never obtain righteousness through self-will or effort, God provided a sure way in which He not only declares an individual to be righteous, but adopts that person as His son or daughter—a beneficiary and conduit of His matchless cause of Truth, Meekness, and Righteousness (TMR).

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John 3:16 records: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Do you know (or are you sharing) that all who believe in God’s Son for eternal life can have a secure, free, forgiven, and intimate relationship with Him… now into eternity? See Psalm 107:13-16; Romans 6:6; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Timothy 2:5-6; and John 3:16.

The astounding reality of what Jesus has done—and His righteousness before God being applied to anyone through faith in Him—is clearly communicated in the Bible’s New Testament. Its short, simple version is called the “gospel”, which means Good News. (I Corinthians 15:3-8)

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Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

If you haven’t done so already, will you incline your ears to the words of Jesus and believe God, who sent Him? And prayerfully read the New Testament book of John?

If your faith already rests in God’s work of salvation, will you be a conduit of His Truth, Meekness, and Righteousness in the coming year? Sharing the wonderfully good news of  Jesus Christ with those who don’t yet know Him?

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‘Tis the season!  Be the seasoning!



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