Meekness… another Fruit of the Spirit as stated in Galatians 5:22. A quick Google search on the root word “meek” results in the definition being “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary embellishes the definition to “enduring injury with patience and without deficient in spirit and courage: submissive; not violent or strong: moderate.” For an example, Numbers 12:3 illustrates Moses as a very meek individual.
Other references in scriptures to meekness show that it is a quality that is valued highly by God, and those with that quality will inherit the Earth as well as teach and guide in judgment.
1 Peter 3:4
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
These are just a few examples showing that a simple character trait in a man can be rewarded with delighted peace.
Each person is on their own level of maturity in all areas of life and it is what makes us distinguishable. As mentioned in previous devotions, the Fruits of the Spirit are essential in growth towards God and inheriting the New Kingdom. The difference in maturity levels can vary depending on many factors such as environment, personal situations, and the person’s intent and drive towards growth. From James 3:17 it shows that the qualities of meekness are part of divine wisdom.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Another reason meekness is very important comes from Isaiah 2:4 –
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Above we seek that the quality of meekness is a key ingredient to ensuing peace on Earth, so isn’t that a great reason to start of working on becoming meeker? Without meekness people would not be able to put their fighting swords down and submit to peace. The wise choice to make for each person is to challenge themselves out of their comfort zones in striving for meekness. It may be very difficult for most of the world, but it is a challenge that God prizes greatly.
This week open your Bible and find why Moses was called meek. Challenge yourself to find others illustrated in scripture that were or could be considered meek and reflect to see if you could be classified as a meek soul. Remember the journey is never over, so continue to grow to bear continual good fruit towards peace.