What Does it Mean to be Meek?
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. ~ Matthew 5:5
So what does it mean?
Definitions of Meek:
- Humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
- Overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
- Obsolete. Gentle; kind.
I love words and love to know the meanings. I especially like to look up words that I think I already know because quite often I don’t know as much as I thought. This was the case for the word, “meek.” Now, when I saw all of the definitions, I was initially put off by it. Why would I strive to be spiritless or obsolete (no longer in use; fallen into disuse; to be discarded). But then I looked up the definition of docile and there it was… “teachable” and “yielding!”
I do want to be a yielded and teachable person. But then why would I want to be spiritless? Immediately I thought of –
Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
and the following –
Mark 8:35 – For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
In 1 Corinthians 15:31 Paul said, “I die daily ” and he said in Philippians 1:21 – For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Prayer: Help me today, Lord to be truly meek. Meek as You would define meekness. Help me to keep my eyes focused only on You. Help me to take my eyes off others unless you direct my gaze there. Help me to concentrate only You and encourage myself in You and not what others do or don’t do, plan or don’t plan, say or don’t say, think or don’t think. Help me to seek meekness because it is pleasing to you and not because of the inheritance. Help me to have clean hands and a pure heart. A pure heart…You know my heart better than even I do Lord and I ask you to show me the areas that I have not crucified and then help me to yield to all your plans starting with this death…daily, hourly, or minute by minute. Help me to be meek, Lord. I ask this in Jesus Name. Amen!!!