The Mystery of Meekness

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth -Matthew 5:5

My last journal entry was on the topic of humility. The purpose of this entry is to help us understand how humility begets meekness. First, I want to address the common vernacular of the word in both Hebrew and Greek. In the Hebrew it is the word (anawah), which is from a word, which among other things, means: to be humbled, to humble one's self, to be submissive, and to be oppressed. Other derivatives include poor. Thus, in the Hebrew vernacular, meekness is expressive of a poor, humble and submissive disposition.

In the Greek, we have the word (praotes), which is a derivative of the word that means "to transfer." This refers to a person who readily establishes contact with others, and with whom others can promptly contact in turn. It also relates to a presence of mind. Thus, it is indicative of a person who always has his presence of mind and does not lose self-control as a result of anger. For the sake of unmistakable clarity, let me add, meekness refers to a heart that is TENDER in its dealings (i.e., a tender-hearted individual). A person whose disposition is meek is neither in turmoil nor restless. They are steadfast and peaceful even while the storm rages violently around them. Jesus demonstrated meekness when He slept while the waves threatened to capsize the boat. His disciples were terrified, but Jesus was at peace.

Moses is said to have been the meekest man on earth. What was it about him that earned such a description? Moses without fanfare or calling attention to himself, plead with God for the survival and forgiveness of the very people who opposed Him.

Perhaps, meekness is easier described by what it is not rather what it is. It is opposite of self-righteousness, arrogance, haughtiness, and defensiveness. Positively speaking, it is gentle, sweet, and the grace to be utterly self-effacing. It is also the inner strength to accept criticism without sulking or arguing. It is the way we relate to unhappy circumstances and difficult people around us.

One thing is certain: meekness is a sign of considerable spiritual development. If one is truly meek, it is only because something very wonderful has happened—a sovereign work of God by the Holy Spirit. It is the result of union with Christ. Meekness is unnatural; therefore, only a believer can express meekness. It is not the fruit of one's natural temperament. As I said, true meekness is the result of something extraordinary. God moved on a person's heart and gave them a quiet disposition. It is not something achieved, but a virtue given. Some are sure to disagree, but I believe meekness is an unconscious anointing so that the believer is not even aware of it. It is a virtue that the believer does not feel and if you think you've got it, you just lost it. The moment we become conscious of godly virtue it flies away like a frightened dove. It is a work that God does in us and through us as we are faithful to abide in Christ.

Therefore, don't focus on being meek, focus on God, and His character will come shining through you!

"Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy upon us"- Psalm 123:2

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