Meekness. It is not a popular character trait of this world. You don't necessarily get to "the top" by being meek, hence, many associate meekness with weakness. But the opposite is true. Jesus listed it as the third characteristic of the perfect man in his sermon of the beatitudes found in Matthew 5. It is an adjective describing Christ in several scripture throughout the Bible making it even more valuable to explore. So, this is what I have learned about meekness so far....
*Meekness is having a submissive, trusting attitude towards God and others.
*To be meek is to be gentle and humble of heart (Mat. 11:28-30).
*Meekness is manifested in its reaction to evil, it is anger under control.
*Meekness is a cure to bitterness!
*Meekness is a work of God's Spirit in our lives.
*Meekness is endurance.
*Meekness is being willing to forgive.
*Meekness is never self-centered
Then I was taken to Psalm 37 in my study (Lord Only You Can Change Me by Kay Arthur) and it has the message of meekness spread throughout it's verses, especially when facing difficulties. I took it a bit further than Kay and I want to share with you it's truths. From Kay....
*A meek person trust and delights in God (vs 3&4)
*A meek person is committed to God (vs 5).
*A person of meekness will wait and rest in God (vs 6-8).
*A meek person's confidence is in God (vs 9).
* A person of meekness will be rewarded by God (vs 11).
*A meek person seeks to live righteously and by doing so...
-she will be held up by the Lord (vs. 17, 23-24)
-she will not wither in times of disaster (vs 19).
-she is generous (Vs26)
-she is protected by the power of God (vs. 28)
-she will be filled with spiritual wisdom (vs. 30)
-she will put God's word to heart (vs 31)
-she will find peace (vs 37)
-God will be her stronghold (vs. 39)
-God will be her help and deliverer because she takes refuge in him (vs 40)
Can you see a beautiful picture of meekness here? Can you see the colors of Christ's spirit dancing along the canvas? When you look at Christ, you see meekness as it was meant to be: gentle, humble, loving, forgiving, intolerant of sin (controlled anger), wise, giving, and at peace. It blocks bitterness from taking root in your life, or as in my case it removed the roots that had already taken hold. It is fed by mediating and dwelling on God's word, putting His truths into practice and by trusting God.
Only God can make you meek. You have to be willing. I would love your thoughts on what you have learned in your life about meekness.