“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1-2).
Never a day goes by without news reports of violence committed against individuals, communities and nations. Aggression is a growing problem at every level of society, for which politicians and liberal thinkers have no remedy. We maintain that only a return to Biblical standards can cure society’s ills. As lights in this dark world, it is our duty to walk in gentleness (meekness).
The Injection that Kills the Virus
In the main people are ‘full of themselves’ and show almost total disregard for others. Daily we see the harm done by vengeful and bitter individuals (even within our churches). Most people think that they have a right to think and behave any way they see fit. They demand their rights even if it means trampling over and abusing others. We live in a ‘compensation culture’ because people are greedy. Can the government, education or religion turn this around? No, what it needed is a strong injection of Biblical standards of morality to change the violent attitude in society.
Meekness is not Weakness
To the world a “meek” person is emotionally and mentally crippled. They see meekness as weakness. The world undermines those who seek to walk in gentleness. Where have the gentlemen (and gentle women for that matter) gone? Gentleness is not a word that springs to mind when describing the characteristics of many. But God sees meekness as a great strength. Who can doubt that Moses was not a strong and courageous man, yet the Scriptures tell us that “the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3.) What is this quality in plain English? It is the quiet, gentle spirit of one who has submitted his will to God. The one who has such a nature is never full of self-importance.
The word “meekness” comes from a Greek word (praiotes) to describe a soothing medicine. Therefore those who are good, tender-hearted, and mild are a healing medicine in society. Meekness has nothing to do with weakness in any way. Why is this? Those who are meek are the most self-controlled people we could ever meet
It is more than Human Gentleness
What we are describing here is more than human gentleness. The unsaved are obviously able to manifest such a quality. There have been many famous people who were of a meek and gentle disposition but do you notice how the world praises them! Biblical meekness is a part of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. There would be no need for such a God-given quality if it is seen in fallen man. “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.) It is not easy to walk in meekness, as the flesh will want to promote its own version of this virtue. This is why Paul adds in verses 24-26, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” This meekness comes “from above” not from the heart of depraved humanity, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17.)
If we want to be known as a strong, faithful believer then we are going to have to nurture this quality. James 3:13 says, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.”
Walking worthy must include meekness. Without it we will never shine for the Lord in this world. When believers become like the unsaved this quality soon disappears. Where there is unholiness we will find no trace of meekness. No wonder Paul advises Titus concerning his congregation to, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men” (Titus 3:1-2.) Since we are meant to have Christ’s character we do well to imitate Him, “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” (Matthew 11:29.)