With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment and share one of the qualities in my mom that I admire the most:
In today’s world, meekness is presented as a flaw. A meek person is often seen as one who lacks the strength to stand up for themselves; in fact, I read an article recently that theorized that the root of meekness is low self-esteem. This post assured the reader that as long as they suffered from meekness, they would never be able to walk tall.
The world around us would have us believe that meekness is only associated with those without a backbone—a doormat type of person that invites abuse. The word meekness often carries with it the reputation of a coward.
The meekness of the Bible, however, is a powerful, active, willing, fearless attitude. This meekness is generated by God and given to His children.
The adjective meek describes a soothing medicine, a gentle breeze, and a tamed colt.
What do all these representations have in common?
They all describe tremendous power under control.
Meekness is surrendering ourselves to the Lord and not giving in to our natural desire to respond the way our flesh is tempting us to react. Meekness is an attitude that is free of pride. It is a content, peaceful state of mind.
The meek person is able to gently bear with the weaknesses of others and is loving and generous toward them.
The meek person is able to endure offenses with great patience and without bitterness because they trust completely in God’s goodness and control over the situation.
Those who are meek control their feelings and responses towards others because they are mindful of the Lord.
They act like Jesus Christ, who did not defend Himself when He was insulted or threaten retaliation when He suffered. Instead, He entrusted his life into the hands of God, who always judges fairly (1 Peter 2:23).
Those who are meek do not repay evil for evil. They do not retaliate when insulted. We are instructed in the Word of God to clothe themselves with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and meek spirit, which is so precious to God (1 Peter 3:4).
Do you associate being meek with being weak?
The Bible shows us that meekness contains great power.
It stems from goodness and godliness.
It is a great strength.
I struggle against my flesh daily to let go of my pride and handle myself meekly, but I’m thankful to be blessed with a mom who conducts herself in a gentle, quiet spirit.
Ironically, it’s when we choose meekness and stoop down in obedience to the Lord that we truly walk tall.