Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Way - A Meek Composure

“The meek - shall inherit the earth.” Jesus said in Matthew 5:5.

One of the most important aspects of discipleship is that of a meek composure. Meekness. What is meekness? Is it a milksop, faint-hearted, spineless kind of timidity? Not at all! Moses was nothing like that, and scripture says Moses was the meekest man on earth. (Numbers 12:3)

Clearly, meekness is not weakness. As a matter of fact, meekness is strength under control. The idea is closely related to the expression “poor in spirit” in Matthew 5:3. Both expressions speak of humility. But meekness is the aspect of humility that is manifest in mild, longsuffering, patient disposition.

Meekness is often characterized as the polar opposite of an angry personality, and I think that gets close to the truth. Jesus was meek. He “did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (Luke 9:56) When He formally entered Jerusalem as King, it was not on a stallion decked out for battle. He was riding on the foal of a donkey (Matthew 21:5). He came with the express purpose of dying, not subduing others by force. And He left us an example to follow: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” (1 Peter 2:22-23)

Meekness, to sum up, is where humility and self control meet. It’s one of the most attractive and indispensable aspects of true Christ-like character. May each one of us walk hand in hand in meekness.