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Does Meek Mean Weak?
Does Meek Mean Weak?

Scripture, Matthew 5:1-16
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matt. 5:5)

Our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the embodiment of this truth. He said of Himself, "I am meek and lowly." His triumphal entry into Jerusalem was a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, one of which said, "Beholdeth thy King cometh unto thee, meek." Our Lord was actually quoting Psalm 37:11 when He uttered these words in the Beatitudes.

The believer is not only exhorted to be meek, but is enabled to achieve this attribute by the indwelling Holy Spirit. "the fruit of the Spirit is . . . meekness" (Gal. 5:23). Meekness beautifies the life. Peter spoke of "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:4). Meekness enables one to deal gently and helpfully with the weakness and failures of others: "Ye which are spiritual restore such an one as the spirit of meekness" (Gal. 6:1). Meekness is one of the qualities after which we are commanded to strive: "Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness" (1 Tim. 6:11).

Now back to our original question: Does meek mean "weak"? Definitely not. Two examples will suffice: Moses, we read in Numbers 12:3, was "very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." Read the life of the "Great Lawgiver" and tell me whether you think he was weak! The greatest example of all, of course, is our Lord Jesus Christ. He is "the lion of the tribe of Judah, King of kings and Lord of lords," but He said of Himself, "I am meek."

Small thought here
Meekness is the human side of humility, a godward virtue. If you are truly humble before God, you will be mild, gentle, and meek with your fellow man.