Meekness is an elusive virtue that has rightly been defined accurately by quite a few. However, most definitions are vague about its meaning and many people are quick to consider meekness as a weakness. This word meekness is often misunderstood and maligned as well.
What is meekness?
Meekness is a glorious inherent ability characterized by yielding our rights to God so He can demonstrate His peace and power through us. Meekness serves many good and beneficial effects, which are greatly significant in our ministry and in our dealings with our fellow man.
Is meekness a sign of weakness?
Many have wrongly thought of meekness as ‘being weak’. Imagine a tamed animal, for example, a horse filled with such strength and speed. An illustration of meekness is found in how a small bridle and bit is able to control such a huge horse; this reflects a true sense of meekness. The Bible specifically describes three personalities as meek: Jesus (Mt. 11:29, 21:5), Paul (2 Cor. 10:1), Moses (Num. 12:3). These men were not weak.
Meekness is very essential in our lives as believers because it is the one quality that Jesus used to define Himself. In Mt 11: 29 He says, “…. learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart….” All our life on Earth as believers is to be able to exemplify Christ in everything we do.
He is the living word of God, the more we know about Him, the more we are transformed into His image. Also, meekness is a very necessary tool for understanding God’s word. The Holy Spirit also enables us to produce meekness as an attribute of His presence.
Jesus Christ had meekness in Him since He had the spirit of God in him. Hence he said, “I seek not my own will but the will of the Father who has sent me” (John 5:30). This quotation simply tells how strong Christ was, yet he demonstrated meekness. It is amazing to note that even on the cross He could have saved the two criminals then Himself but as He rightfully said, “not his own will but the will of the Father that sent him”.
My question for you is, by whose will do you live your life? Since meekness describes the nature of Christ Jesus our Lord, every believer is expected to exhibit its basic functions and features. Permit me to share a few with you, in the paragraphs below;
Characteristics of meek people
They withhold not quarrels against others
As believers, the ability to walk and work worthy of our profession requires that we yield our rights to hold quarrels against our fellow believers. Paul an apostle of Christ admonishes the church in Ephesus in his letter to walk worthily in their various callings and quick to let go the trespasses of they that wrong us (Eph. 4:1-2, Colo. 3:12-13). So, it is in our generation that we look out to do that which we have been called to accomplish and not harbor in our heart the wrongs of others.
However, instead of holding grudges against our fellow brethren who have fallen or wronged us, we must be able to restore them and connect them back to God. Restoring an erring brother will be effective only if one gives up his right to feel superior or even think that he cannot fall like his brother did (Gal. 6:1). In Paul’s second letter to his disciple Timothy, his response to how to solve the problems that have risen and some other prospective ones in the church was through meekness (II Tim. 2: 25).
They respect authorities
Yes, we cannot talk of remaining meek unto God and forget about respect for authority. The proper respect for God-given authorities means that we yield our rights to give bad reports about them. As in Titus 3: 1-2, the Bible says “put them in mind to be subjects to principalities and powers to obey magistrates to be ready to do every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, gentle showing meekness unto all men.”
They hope for the promised inheritance
We have mostly realized that most wealthy people in the world do not live to enjoy their possessions to the fullest. Unlike the meek, God promises a life full of satiety in all that they wish and desire; (Psalm 22:26). Then also Jesus Christ comes in the New Testament with a confirmation of the benefit that, people who remain themselves meek shall inherit the earth; (Matt. 5:5). For the Lord, our God does not promise unto his children what He does not own or have. Whatever He says are Yea and Amen.
Finally, I will like to impress on your hearts and in your mind that, ‘develop the attitude of meekness’ by surrendering to God and allowing the Holy Spirit to influence your reactions. It has been a blessing to come your way with these nuggets. Shalom!
God bless you