Meekness means power under control. A strong but gentle, reverent, and humble spirit of selfless devotion to God and submission to His purposes. The opposite of pride. Meekness does not refer to weakness or passivity but to controlled power, expressed by faith, obedience and a whole-hearted surrender to the Holy Spirit. It is a God-controlled person, who possesses a strong yet teachable spirit, with all the emotions and ability to take and conquer, but still is able to govern himself.
We are to be meek (yielded, teachable, responsive) first of all in our relationship with God, and secondly meek (humble, gentle, respectful) in our relationships with people. To become this kind of person, God must tame and train us!
A lot of people confuse “meek” with “weak” but that is incorrect because godly meekness requires strength! Weakness is due to negative things such as lack of strength or lack of courage. These things are not the words to describe Jesus, who said, “Become my servants and learn from me. I am gentle and free of pride. You will find rest for your souls” Matthew 11:29, NIV. Meekness is the result of a person’s choice to trust in God and depend totally on Him. Having this trust means he or she does not push to have his or her own way. So meekness comes from strength, not weakness.
Angry reactions are “normal” as portrayed by society as a result, some people assume that a person who doesn’t retaliate tit for tat must be afraid. True strength is shown by a secure individual who stays cool, thinks first and then responds in the way that will best help the other person. True strength is shown by subduing that reaction which is out of your nature.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”
Meekness is synonymous to gentleness. However, gentleness refers mostly to actions, whereas meekness refers to attitude—one’s whole state of mind as well as actions. Meekness produces gentleness.
A powerful example of meekness is Jesus going to the cross in obedience to His Father's will. He was not meek because He could not help Himself - He was meek because He had the infinite resources of God at His command! When the soldiers who were sent by the chief priests came to arrest Jesus, His disciples tried to defend Him. He told them to put their swords away because He had more than 60,000 angels (twelve legions) at His disposal - all He had to do was to ask for them (Matthew 26:53). Jesus humbled Himself by laying His life down, even though He had heaven on His side. No one could have laid a finger on Him if He didn’t want them to, you see? Power in control.
When you are humble, you are teachable. You receive God’s Word for your own life and allow it to discipline and correct you. You hear the Word, and you do it. When you are humble you allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and teach you without excuses or rebellion. You obey the Spirit instantly and precisely. You conduct your life in the way that the Word and the Lord leads you to.
Here are situations in which it is practicable to demonstrate meekness:
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”
When correcting error:
“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,”
2 Timothy 2:24-25
With relating with the unsaved:
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.”
"But sanctify the Lord God always in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear."
1 Peter 3:15
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
Meekness includes voluntarily “submitting to one another” Ephesians 5:21. In a long passage, Peter spoke of the importance of submission of all kinds—Christians toward government (1 Peter 2:13), servants toward masters (1 Peter 2:18), Christ’s example of submitting to His tormentors (1 Peter 2:21-25) and wives toward their husbands (1 Peter 3:1).
1 Peter 5: 6 tells us, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” Meekness doesn’t come without reward. The lord loves meek people and elbows the proud.
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Meekness is an attribute looked down upon in our generation but in the sight of God it is so pleasing. So dwell in God's truth and show forth this fruit in your daily life.
To learn more on meekness, read on the story of moses and John the Baptist.
Yesterday, in the fruits of the spirit challenge, we practiced meekness and below are some lessons learned from members of the community:
Watch the video on Meekness by @Tea_with Jerry
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Each day a video would be posted here for the fruit of that day and all you have to do is:
Stay conscious of that fruit all day & exercise it no matter what!
Visit the post again at the end of the day to read other people’s experiences and share yours too & you’re all set!
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