The word meekness conveys the idea of humility in God’s Word. Meekness is like having a dose of spiritual fortitude of God bringing about the ability to be humble and unassuming in a world where arrogance and pride are common and often boldly and brashly displayed. Authentic meekness should be both inwardly present and outwardly displayed in a godly person’s life because of an indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who makes an unpretentious manifestation of God in the quickened man possible as he sojourns in this world.
Being humble is often portrayed by unregenerate people as having a loss of strength or becoming weakened in their lives. Faintness or feebleness in a person in this world is looked upon as detriment or hindrance to living a successful life. Rather than viewed through a positive light as a blessing from God.
However, the truth is being meek never means loss of strength but rather a loss of pride and sense of importance. It is having a mild manner and control in strength and power, as opposed to a person who is spiritually and physically out of control, driven by his own compounded sense of heightened pride and arrogance.
Genuine meekness is having “God controlled” strength and power on board man’s heart rather than having man’s own limited influence and control in this world. When Jesus was alive on this earth He was operating in the power of God, rather than working in His own human limitations, as He resided in the flesh. Yes, Jesus Christ became a man on this earth to fulfill the will of God with His life. He was both a man in the flesh as well as an equal figure of the Godhead. He could have chosen to save Himself, according to His own will, rather than choosing to follow the will that God the Father had placed upon His life.
Jesus Christ existed on this earth in a godly meek and mild fashion in the face of stark spiritual storms, temptations, and persecution. Jesus Christ chose to dwell on this earth as a lamb rather than a lion, even when facing gross hatred, physical harm, and harsh physical death, at the bloody hands of His accusers.
Through the prophet Isaiah God inspired to be recorded that Jesus Christ would be meek and mild mannered, even when facing extreme degrees of persecution through hatred, opposition, and injustice of His enemies:
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7 KJV)
Jesus described Himself in the New Testament as being meek and lowly offering rest and sustaining power for the souls of those in persistent fellowship with Him:
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 KJV)
Man who professes to be a Christian is outwardly announcing to others that his life is about actively seeking the things of God, or being spiritually productive and “Christ-like” as he sojourns on this earth. His profession is to be both outwardly spoken and with evidence of spiritual fruit in all areas of life; including his words, actions, and deeds.
It takes a person who is modest and mature to act upon his inward desire to search out the things of the Lord and to yearn for godly assets to be reproduced in his manner and way as he sojourns in this world. Men who are full of themselves and cocky in nature never have the room or the desire for the indwelling of the spiritual essence of God. They simply do not see their own need of adopting Christ-likeness in their heart or allowing it to spill over into the recesses of their mind and actions.
Meekness is essential to salvation. The very nature of salvation requires mankind to be humbled, brought to his knees, cut down, to clearly see his own desperate need for the gentle nature of the Spirit of God to come and reside inside his heart. Salvation requires the ending of the dark nature of mankind and the beginning of a new nature from God made possible through the precious shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
The quickened alive spiritual man is supernaturally uplifted by God, rather than man choosing to uplift himself through vain glory and deceit which is always rooted in the dark spirit of the god of this world. The day is coming soon when God will lift up all spiritually humbled and quickened souls in the ultimate journey of their spiritual life as they are taken out of this world and ushered into the very presence of God in the eternal realm forevermore.
Man does not naturally fit the requirements of God’s holy gathering in the sky in his natural spiritual state from his physical birth, but must choose to be supernaturally covered in the truth and righteousness of God bearing a new spiritual nature in the likeness of God.
The Bible says:
And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. (Psalm 45:4 KJV)
The natural state of man is one of insolent arrogance and pride. Man is naturally chock full of his own pride since birth because of his innate sin nature from the god of this world. Mankind is born so full of himself there is no room for things of God to reside in his hardened heart. Godliness with temperate meekness and humility is a state that is not natural, but rather above or supernatural in nature. It is a state that man inwardly desires but does not naturally seek. True meekness can only be found in having right spiritual fellowship with God.
Genuine meekness comes from having the Spirit of God come to dwell in his quickened heart. God tells us in His Word that man must seek Him and desire to have His spiritual fruit alive and working inside his heart according to the power of God living and working in his spiritually softened heart.
God’s Word says:
Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. (Zephaniah 2:3 KJV)
Having the Spirit of God on board man’s heart does not dial down his power and strength, as the world believes. Really, quite the opposite takes place. The salvation process infuses man with the supernatural power and strength of God and makes him formidable against any situation, according to the will and way of God, as man lives in obedience to God’s call upon his new spiritual life. God promises His own spiritual family “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…” spiritually cementing in the fact that He always has man’s best interests at heart, or “has his back.” This particular scripture verse was prophesied and inspired in context to the millennial times to come, but it also applies to the fact that God already has the final victory in hand. His final victory can be applied and celebrated in our lives today!
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness? (1 Corinthians 4:21 KJV)
What a choice the Apostle Paul highlights when giving man the truth! What is your own personal answer to this formidable question? Do you desire than God come before you with a rod of iron to wage His wrath down upon you for the wages of your sin because you chose to continue living in sin and opposition to things of God? Or do you desire God to come to you in a spirit of gentleness and unconditional love having a calm spirit about Him as He directs, corrects, and instructs your life according to His will? One direction promotes new life forever in fellowship with God. The other pathway is par for the course for any choosing to live in opposition to the righteousness of God. They will be swallowed up in the darkness and flames of Hell upon their physical death, existing forever without the presence of God.
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: (2 Corinthians 10:1 KJV)
Paul also highlights this accusation given by some who pointed their finger at him for being bold in his letters to them about Jesus Christ but weak and ineffective in person in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Professing Christians are still being attacked on this same issue today. Paul reminded those attacking his ministry that he had the Spirit of God on board his heart and this fact alone gave him an even temperament, like that of Jesus Christ. His mindset and emotion did not waver greatly, or leap out of bounds whether he was writing a letter to them or speaking to them in person. Paul acknowledged It was God who was in control of his manner and way of presenting things of Jesus Christ and he therefore remained balanced but bold according to the will of God. Christians today serve the same God who will temper their emotions, actions, and reactions as they minister the Truth bringing Him glory and honor.
Further noted in the book of Galatians there is no law against the presentation of the fruit of the Spirit in a professing Christian’s life:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)
The result of living in this new nature from God is the production and bearing of a bounty of spiritual fruit. This fruit is the very essence of God seeping His holy fragrance out of the heart of mankind and into the world about him. It is not a collection of separate fruits growing from different trees, but rather this new nature is emitting a fragrance of one single spiritual fruit coming from the presence of the vine of God living, growing, and flourishing inside the regenerated person’s heart.
However, with this presence of God living inside of the quickened man, he also faces constant barraging of the spirit of the god of this world. Life on this earth is a constant battle between man’s flesh and his new spiritual nature from God present inside of him. This spiritual battle wages wars and skirmishes and no man is without times of falling, backsliding, and being overtaken with faults while he is present in this world. The perfection of God’s righteousness does not fully come until man resides in the heavenly realm resulting in perfect fellowship with God. While he is present on this earth man must face constant battles between his old and new natures as Paul spoke about candidly in the book of Romans chapter six.
Paul gives great instruction and direction, according to God’s Word, for following after the manner and direction of Jesus Christ when facing spiritual battles and clashes reacting stalwartly, but with great mercy gently aimed towards correcting a backsliding brother or sister in Christ: Knowing that at any given moment, he too, can easily have to face such a situation in his own life:
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 KJV)
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; (Ephesians 4:2 KJV)
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (Colossians 3:12 KJV)
Paul also gives pertinent direction and haste to our feet in the presence of darkness and ungodly situations often found in this world:
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1 Timothy 6:11 KJV)
Paul also gives righteous direction to our mouths in the presence of trials and troubles found on this earth:
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:2 KJV)
The book of James gives the unregenerate man necessary spiritual instruction about coming before God with a heart ready to be filled with the Spirit of God and newness of life bringing about salvation:
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21 KJV)
The book of James also encourages those who do possess personal salvation in God to bring it forth it in their talk with all meekness and wisdom. Man’s tongue can quickly dig a deep pit of trouble if left to speak according to its old nature, rather than speaking in the mild manner of God:
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13 KJV)
Finally, the book of Titus expects the quickened alive man of God to always have an answer ready for any man who asks about the pleasant fragrance of eternal hope that constantly radiates outwardly from his soul.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15 KJV)
Meekness is vital in the salvation process and necessary for an ongoing and successful walk in spiritual fellowship with God