“….The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
~1 Peter 3:4
In today’s society, meekness is not encouraged. Our world sees meekness as a form of weakness, something to be utterly scorned. It is viewed as a form of cowardice, the presence of it in your life is seen as a sure sign that others may take advantage of you. Yet, the Bible says that meekness is of great worth (1 Peter 3:4). God values meekness; it is a spirit Christ had when suffering for us. Websters 1828 Dictionary defines meekness as, “Mild of temper; patient under injury; longsuffering; gentle; kind.” A meek person is ready to yield rather than cause trouble. Psalm 37:11 says, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” A meek person is gentle, and allows no evil thoughts of others. “To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness to all men.” (Titus 3:2) A meek spirit does desire attention drawn to itself. Rather, it would reflect attention to Jesus Christ. “But sanctify the Lord always in your heart: and be ready always to give an answer to everyone that asketh of you the reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15) Meekness is the ability to be teachable. “The meek will He guide in judgement: and the meek will He teach His way.” (Psalm 25:9) A meek spirit doesn’t allow people to take advantage of it. In a Christ~honouring way it points people to the truth of the Scripture. “Brethren, if a man be overtaken with a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness.” (Galatians 6:1) Meekness is a fruit of God working in your life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22&23)
There are many examples of meek people in the Bible; two in particular stand out. “Now, the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) Moses was very meek; he allowed God to work through him, even when the way was difficult. As a result, he was able to lead the children of Israel out of the Egyptians bondage.
The best example of meekness is Jesus Christ Himself. “For I am meek and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11:29) This is one of few verses in which Christ Himself reveals to us His character. Jesus, the Son of God, the long looked for Messiah, the Saviour of the world, was brought into an estate of humiliation, consisting in Him being born in a low condition, in a stable, to lowly parents. He died an excruciating death, not for His own good, but for ours. And never once did He murmur. “Behold, our King cometh unto thee, meek and sitting upon an ass.” Matthew 21:5) Through out His life, He served in mundane ways, in humility and meekness. “….He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among ye as he that serveth.” (Luke 22:26&27)
Our Lord, being meek, set us an example to follow. Meekness is important because it is submitting your will to the Father’s. The opposite of meekness, therefore, is NOT submitting your will to Him. It would essentially mean going AGAINST Him.
A meek spirit cannot be “put on” as a coat. It is a heart attitude we must patiently, perpetually cultivate, praying to our Father to change our hearts from rebellion to Him into submission. Christ invites us to enter His school, saying, “learn of Me.” (Matthew 11:29) He is more than willing to show and teach us His meekness.