Meekness is not Weakness

The apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 3:12 that one of the things we are to “put on” as the elect of God, born-again believers, is meekness.  Meekness is sometimes defined as humility, because it requires humility, but meekness is deciding not to use or show all of your strength.  It is keeping your strength under control. In fact, real meekness hides your strength so well that the perception by others could be that you are weak. 

The example God gives of the man who was “very meek,” even more so than any other man on earth at the time, was Moses. One could hardly call Moses weak. He had strength. He killed a man, faced Pharaoh, led the Israelites out of bondage, across the desert and through the Red Sea.   He had gone up in the mountain while others at the foot of the mountain stood in fear.   But God said of Moses that he was “very meek.”

In the same chapter where God points out his meekness, nothing more is said of it, and no definition is given. Yet those words are there for a purpose and if we examine what took place, we can see that to Moses’s sister, Miriam, and his brother, Aaron, Moses must have appeared weak; so weak that they were emboldened and not afraid to speak against him as God’s servant. 

Meekness is not weakness. But it can appear to others that way. Jesus called Himself meek. 

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

Who of us would call Jesus weak?  But there were those who thought He was weak because He did not show His power when most men would believe it necessary to show their strength.  He allowed Himself to be arrested. He did not answer His accusers, He allowed the mock trial to proceed, and allowed Pilate to think himself in charge by not challenging his power.   As they stood around the cross, they mockingly called to Jesus to save Himself. He could have, but He did not use His power or strength for Himself. He restrained His power for our sakes. 

We need to put on meekness even though those around us may feel emboldened because they perceive in us a weakness.  Meekness is a thing of beauty to God; as it is in a woman to a man. 

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.” – 1 Peter 3:4

In a world where boys are being feminized, or at the other end manliness is associated with macho. May the Christian man find himself the gentleman. The man who has strength and knows when and where to properly use that strength; in the service of others and not for self preservation or self promotion. 

Put on meekness.