Today I would like to talk about the character quality of meekness. Many confuse someone who is meek as someone who is weak, but this is not true. The definition of meekness is mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated. This does not mean a meek person is not strong. They just choose to react to situations in a calm manner. They are not easily angered.
Meekness is a character quality that must be developed. It is an act of humility. When we surrender our lives to Christ, He can teach us to be meek.
Jesus used the word meek to describe himself in the book of Matthew. 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
As we humble ourselves before God, He is able to do a good work in us and through us. When we yield our rights to Him, He is able to give us peace. We want to become more Christ like on a daily basis don't we? That is why we must understand this important character quality and allow God to help us cultivate a humble spirit.
Do you have a problem with reacting in anger? That is the key to knowing you are having issues with meekness. If we have not fully relinquished ourselves to God, it will be very difficult to become meek. Anger is an obstacle that we have to get over in order to yield to God's way of doing things. He wants us to act in a way that pleasing to Him and not gratifying our flesh. You will know that you are becoming more meek the day you can walk away from your anger and not have the last word. Being meek means having control of your emotions and the only way to do that is to let God lead you in all you do and say. You must pursue God and let Him change you. You can not do this on your own, but you can do it with Christ's help.
I have not yet obtained this character quality. I am a work in progress. All I know is that I want to keep progressing in my walk with Christ and that means I have got be willing to be uncomfortable at times. I will have to die to my flesh and let it scream out every time it doesn't get its way. I have to stop letting my emotions control me. I must abandon my selfish thoughts in exchange for a gentle spirit. I do not want to react to situations in an ungodly manner. I want God to guide me every minute of every day.
So how do I become this person with a humble heart? I have to do my part by reading my Bible, praying, singing praise to my Savior and saying no when temptations arise. It is not an easy pursuit, but it will be worth it.
When the world sees God's children acting with humility instead of pride and selfish ambition, they will want to know why we are different. This will open doors to share the Gospel with them. God can use us when we empty ourselves and allow Him to fill us. Are you ready to make a difference?
This character quality is one we need to teach our children. They will learn it best by watching our example. It is important for us to model the behavior we want them to grasp and display in their lives. Don't live by the old saying "Do as I say, not as I do". Practice what you preach!
I will be praying for you. Please pray for me!