What is meekness?
“humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.”
“overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame”
“Obsolete. gentle; kind”
What does the Bible say about meekness?
“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21
“But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalm 37:11
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
How can we be meek?
I find it interesting that in today’s society “meekness” is often viewed negatively. Growing up in church, I just thought of it as another one of the beatitudes… “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth…” However, the world has twisted meekness to characterize someone as lazy, weak, quiet, and timid, to name a few.
So, how can we model meekness as the Lord meant for it to be?
The meek wait for the Lord. Psalm 37 tells us to commit our ways to the Lord, trust Him, and be confident that He will act (even though it may not always be on our timetable – His timing is always perfect. Always). Someone who is meek is patient, is trusting, and is not fretful about the future. Their confidence in the Lord’s plan leads to a heart that is quiet before Him, waiting for Him to lead.
Let me be the first to admit, as a “planner” who likes to have it together and be aware of details, this is not always easy. Meekness requires a heart of surrender. When we know that the Lord is in control and His plan is perfect we are able to walk in freedom and delight in abundant peace. Halleluiah!
If you missed the beginning of the Colossians 3:12 word study on compassion you can find it here, kindness here and humility here.
bloom & grow forever,