Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Meekness is not weakness

Blessed are the  meek, for they  shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5 ESV)

I recently had a conversation with a friend who described to me his struggle to say no to his primal instincts of anger, pouting, whining, cutting people off, or trying to impress people with his rich vocabulary. He admits to being a "type A" personality who blows people away by the sheer force of his demeanor and tries to influence people with his ideas.

God gave him a window into his soul and showed him that he needs to exhibit less of himself, and more of Christ. In a word, he needs to live with meekness.

What does it mean to be meek? I checked my dictionary and this is their definition: overly submissive or compliant, spiritless, tame. No wonder people find this virtue unattractive. 
The usual definition of meekness in the Bible is "strength under control."
The "world" defines strong people as those who are assertive, take charge, proud,
self-sufficient, self-reliant, and independent. 

 A meek person is the opposite of these things, therefore, many people associate meekness with weakness. A meek person is willing to be submissive, is humble and gentle, relies on God and dependent on Him to provide strength. 

Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit's activity in a person's life. Meekness is not something we achieve;  it is God at work in the human life. 

Meekness is  critical to healthy relationships and conflict transformation. Without the Holy Spirit bearing this fruit in our hearts we will never be able to do what Paul says: 
For the sake of Christ, then,  I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and 
calamities. For  when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)
What do you think? Is meekness as a way of life practical? Does this way of life invite abuse? 

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh upon us today. Mold us, shape us, change us, empower us to live with meekness, seeking only to please You and never driven by the need to control or impress others. Amen.