The word meekness means having a mild and patient disposition. It’s gentleness of spirit or humility. Examples of meekness are when someone gives you orders in a way that is injurious to you, and you maintain your cool; it’s when one is not easily provoked to anger but can deal with almost any given situation. Meekness is not weakness but a state of righteousness.
The Bible speaks of meekness in many ways, but one of the main avenues of meekness deals with the life of Christ and the example He left for His followers to follow. The spirit of meekness is part of the tree of righteousness. It is also, a section of the Fruit of the Spirit. Believers in Jesus Christ receives this gift when they are born again. This gift is an inward grace of the soul, and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. Meekness is that temper of spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us as good without disputing or resisting Him.
Meekness is closely linked with the word humility and follows directly upon it. Jesus uses it of His personal disposition in Matthew 11:29 when He said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” He also said in Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” As the Messiah, he said, “Say to Daughter Zion, See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Matthew 21:5).” The Apostle Paul appealed to the meekness of Christ in 2 Corinthians 10:1 by saying, “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.”
To follow in Jesus’s spiritual footsteps, a believer in Christ must begin by studying God’s Word and learning from it under the anointing and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Once this step is made, then the follower of Christ will start demonstrating the spirit of meekness towards God and their fellowman. Meekness will become God’s elect.
We are told in Colossians 3:12 to: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and long-suffering.” The child of God is to follow meekness (1 Timothy 6:11), exhibit a spirit of meekness, and restore his brother or sister overtaken in a fault in the spirit of meekness” (Galatians 6:1).
Meekness is only one section of the Fruit of the Spirit and attached to the tree of righteousness. For a believer in Jesus Christ to grow and remain like a tree planted by the rivers of water, he/she must allow meekness to manifest through his/her life. The believer must take heed to Jesus exhortation in James 1:21, “Wherefore, “Lay apart with filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your soul.”
What does meekness mean to you?