Volume 12 Issue 5
I believe that meekness has a bad reputation. Too often the word meekness is associated with weakness, and that’s simply not true. In fact, meekness means strength under control. Strength is the exact opposite of weakness, right? Wikipedia says meekness is righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering. Miriam-Webster defines meekness as having or showing a quiet, gentle, and humble nature.
I have found that staying quiet, and being gentle, can take a large amount of effort, thus I need strength to implement them. The Bible gives us several reasons to be meek, and show meekness:
In Colossians 3:12 we are told to be meek, along with a few other highly desirable attributes:
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, meekness, gentleness, and patience.”
Right there, being meek simply means we are being obedient. And 1 Samuel 15:22 tells us that God prefers obedience over sacrifice. Obedience is a whole other topic, but isn’t it great knowing that when we are meek, we are also obedient?
Like others, I could use some grace, and 1 Peter 5:5b tells us that God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the . . . you guessed it: meek. So by implementing my strength under control, my meekness, God will give me grace. That’s another great reason to exemplify meekness in my daily walk.
Another reason to be meek is that, while I don’t have any great desire, at this moment, to inherit the earth, Matthew 5:5 tells us that "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Another thought: hang out with equally meek people, people who show strength under control. Proverbs 16:19 sys that “It is better to be meek with the lowly than to divide the spoils with the proud.” Honestly, I don’t especially enjoy being around overly proud people, anyway. I think it’s great to befriend strong people. As I spend time with people who exhibit strength under control, I find it easier to follow their example and have this characteristic build in me.
So many blessings come with meekness, and I think the greatest reason to desire meekness is that meekness makes me the person I want to be – not loud, not quick to respond, rather a listener and a thinker. Meekness doesn’t mean I’m weak. It shows my strength in being able to hold my tongue. It means I’m teachable and gentle, and that’s the person I desire to be, and to show the world.