Thursday, January 17, 2013

Accurately Defining "Meekness"

Jesus was a meek man. Check out Matthew 11:29.  "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

Meekness is a misunderstood quality in our society today. A few years ago my wife and I were watching a show called "Celebrity Apprentice". In that episode, the man who played The Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, was greatly offended when a team member called him "meek". You see, in his mind, at that time meekness meant "weakness". Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible's definition of "meekness" is "power under control.

Meekness is something we are supposed to have and cultivate in our lives. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians chapter five.

Numbers 12: 3 says, "Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." Does this mean  that Moses was weak? Certainly not. This is the guy who stood before the mighty Pharoah and said, "Let my people go." This is the man who led two million Jews across the burning desert. This kind of man, this kind of leader cannot be described as weak.

Meekness is having the ability to crush someone and choosing not to do so. Meekness is being able to lash out with our tongue and choosing to be silent instead. Meekness is the ability to sit quietly while someone speaks untruths that make your blood boil.

Today, let's cultivate meekness in our lives. Power under control

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