In our success-driven, image-driven society there seems so little room for talk of Divine assistance or supernatural enablement. However, the facts of Scripture remain- the successful Christian life (Joshua 1:8) is not another form of earthly success; rather, it is entirely different. It rests not upon one’s self but upon one’s surrender to the power of God in his life.
Daily we see the effects of anger, wrath, temper and fighting. Our world is a war zone of un-surrendered emotions.
The Bible says that the fruit of the spirit is meekness (Galatians 5:23). The Bible says in Colossians chapter four and verse six, “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Again, meekness is gentle submissiveness, controlled strength, the ability to bear reproaches and slights without bitterness and resentment. It is the ability to provide a soothing influence on someone in a state of anger, bitterness and resentment against life.
Consider quickly our example of meekness, the Lord Jesus Christ:
1. Meekness is Christ’s Person- “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, vested with all the powers of Deity, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Creator of the Ends of the Earth, by whom the world rests and in whom we live and move and have our being, deals in meekness to us. Meekness is controlled strength. By faith in His blood, we are going to Heaven because God is meek and did not pour out upon us the just punishment of our sin. Therefore, to be LIKE Christ I must LIVE meekness.
2. Meekness is Christ’s Pattern- “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ…” (II Cor. 10:2).
Again, Christ hath not dealt with us according to our sins (Psalm 103:10). His pattern is a meekness we are to follow. One might think, “Well, I am angry and it is my right to be. I get even; that is my way. I will say my mind and none can hinder me!” The problem with such rationalization is, first, we are not our own and have been bought by the blood of Jesus (I Cor. 6:19-20), and second, such expressions reveal that we are not in-dwelt by the Spirit of Meekness.
Homes are severed, churches are split and relationship are separated because we do not express a pattern of Spirit-imparted meekness. The strongest among us are those who display power over their own spirit, foregoing retaliation (Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” See also Romans 12:19).
3. Meekness Marked Christ’s Passion- “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (I Peter 2:23). Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
The songwriter said, “He could have called ten thousand angels,” upon Calvary, and He could have! He could have summoned the great armies of Heaven to free Him, but He stayed! He stayed in that moment of greatest trial. He neither retaliated nor ridiculed His hour. Why? Because meekness is gentle submissiveness.
If God remembers our frame, foregoing immediate judgment on our sin, we ought to remember one another and forgive.
In conclusion, meekness is not weakness. It is still Christ-likeness, it still remains a beautiful grace of Spirit-fulness and it still ought to mark how we interact with one another.