What’s your default position when someone confronts you with a mistake you made or a way you showed up that was less than beneficial to those around you?
If you find you default to defensiveness, irritation, anger and the like, then you’re not alone. Like me, meekness of spirit is a place in your life where your “old man” nature still wages war pretty hard with the “new.” Meekness is a struggle for a lot of people because in their minds, it’s translated to weakness; therefor they struggle to live in that capacity because they see it as a detriment.
Yet it’s meekness, not haughtiness, that heads off a fight. Being willing to submit to godly correction is a mark of spiritual maturity, not a flaw. And it’s actually meekness that allows us to grow in understanding, wisdom, and overall spiritual strength, because the meek are open to seeing places where they can improve and accepting advice that will help them get there.
It is meekness that allows us to see our broken, sinful state and accept the only healing for these things—the saving grace of Jesus. And that is why it’s the meek, those willing to come face-to-face with their flaws and accept the help of the Savior, that will inherit the future earth.
What is Meekness?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines meekness or gentleness as “the quality or state of being gentle, especially mildness of manners or disposition.” While people tend to think of gentleness as a state of being toward others—like being gentle with a child—a synonymous word for gentleness in the context of this blog would be “meekness,” or submission.
Meekness involves a submissive attitude to God with the willingness to be reproved and to correct our course as needed. It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting.
It must be clearly understood that godly meekness is a mental posture of power, not weakness. The common assumption is that meekness is synonymous with “mousy” or “cowardly,” but the Lord was “meek” because he had the infinite resources of God at his command. Someone who is meek can afford to be so because his strength and confidence allows him to listen well to others. Moses was the meekest man on earth at his time, but his was a walk of powerful signs and wonders.
Meekness is a way of being, opposed to boldness or brashness of manner, and is to be the default behavior for leaders in the Body of Christ and will be an outworking in us as we walk by the spirit.
What Does the Bible Say About Meekness?
Titus 3:2 – To defame no one, not to be quarrelsome, to be reasonable, showing all meekness toward all people
Galatians 6:1 – Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of meekness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Ephesians 4:2 – With all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…
How Can I Become Meeker?
The depths of submission in true meekness stems from spirit-led surrender to God. Like the other fruits of the spirit, it’s not something we can fake until we make it. While we can behave meekly, the strength and confidence needed to walk out this sort of strong gentleness before God and with others comes from growing in our understanding of God, of our identity in Christ, and walking in the power of the holy spirit as fellow laborers with them.
Because meekness is often quietly-spoken, it can be mistaken for soft-heartedness; but the beauty of meekness is that it’s birthed in the security of knowing who we are and where we stand with God, and through His eyes, seeing the nature of things around us. Meekness neither puffs up nor shrinks back; through meekness we restore people from transgression. Through meekness, leaders make themselves approachable, showing the appeal of Christ to the wary and skeptical.
And through meekness, we show people the gentle yet unyielding nature of Christ, wherein we are neither shaken by strong winds nor eroded by the weight of our own ego.
Are there areas of your life where you rely on your perception of strength rather than on meekness before the Lord? Take time in prayer and ask the Lord to help you shift your perspective through the power of the spirit working in you.