If the believer were a prism and walking in the Spirit, nine shades of Divine light would radiate through him. It is the fruit of the Spirit which are these: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. It is not my conviction that these may not be obtained separately, but wholly. As impossible it is to live a half-surrendered life, so we are radiating these nine graces or we are not. According to Romans 13:14, the Fruit of the Spirit is the personification of the Lord Jesus. “But PUT YE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
The eighth grace in the list is known as meekness. Meekness is defined as, “Gentle submissiveness; controlled strength; the ability to bear reproaches and slights without bitterness and resentment; the ability to provide a soothing influence on someone in a state of anger, bitterness and resentment against life. It is love that that forgives…love that foregoes.”
Among other facets, it is the submission of the will and life without retaliation towards God. If the Christian life is lived believing that it all begins with God (Genesis 1:1), then meekness first manifests itself in our love, faithfulness, and speech towards God when reproaches come.
Jesus said in Luke chapter seventeen and verse one, “It is impossible but that offences WILL come.” The reality of life and ministry is offence. Even the blessed cross of Christ, which is the sum total of all that we love, cherish and defend, is known as an occasion for offence (Galatians 5:11).
What will be your attitude towards God when you are criticized, ridiculed, misrepresented, slandered and hurt? What will be your treatment of God when you are ill, impoverished, incapacitated or betrayed?
In Genesis chapter eighteen, Abram is brokering a plea deal with God, that for the sake of ten righteous in the city of Sodom God would withhold His wrath. Abram says of God in verse twenty-five, “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Simply put, Abram acknowledges here, “God, you ALWAYS do what is right!”
Even Job responded in meekness when he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him” (13:15). It might not have felt good but it was for Job’s good, because God ALWAYS does what is right.
We see scripturally that meekness trusts the Divine destiny of God. It lives on the truth of Romans chapter eight and verse twenty-eight (“And we KNOW that all things work together for good”) and believes verse twenty-nine of the same text (that the “for good” of verse 28 corresponds to our being “conformed into the image of His dear son” in verse twenty-nine).
Meekness does not charge God foolishly. It does not challenge the love of God or the plan of God. Meekness does not doubt the plan of God, because God ALWAYS does what is right.
How many sad stories in ministry can we recount, that, when challenged with the chisel of Christ-likeness, God has been charged foolishly and the believer has forced himself out of the Potter’s hands. Instead of responding in meekness (willful and gentle submissiveness), we often respond in retaliation towards God. However, by refusing our commitments to His Church or His treasury, we fail to realize that our withdrawal of these resources is, most of all, damaging to ourselves!
Meekness takes from us the “Why Me Syndrome” to the “Why NOT Me Syndrome?”. If our blessed Lord in gentle submissiveness could say in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Nevertheless, not as I wilt, but as thou wilt,” then we should all find in all of life’s trials the ability to say, “Come what may, I will walk before God in meekness and take heed to not charge Him foolishly.”