The prophet Isaiah declared that The Spirit of the Lord GOD was upon Jesus Christ because the LORD had anointed Him “to preach good tidings unto the meek” (Isaiah 61:1). Scripture declares that it is the meek who receive the engrafted word, which is able to save their souls (James 1:21). So, a person is unable to be meek in the biblical sense until he or she is born again of God’s Spirit (John 3:3-8).

When we look into the biblical meaning of the word meek, it is important to understand that it does not mean weak. The fact that Jesus’ personal profile is that He is meek (gentle) and lowly of heart (Matthew 11:29, 21:5) should dispel the misconception that meek means weak. Meekness follows being poor in spirit (humble) and mourning for sin. This meekness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). In other words, it is not a product of this world or the natural order; it is a supernatural, divine work of God within the child of God.

Because we are not preprogrammed robots, our God given-responsibility as the elect, or chosen people of God, is to put on the virtue of meekness as God’s Word commands (Colossians 3:12). Meekness is something that is to be sought after (Zephaniah 2:3; 1 Timothy 6:11) and put into practice within the family of God (Ephesians 4:1-3) and before all men (Titus 3:2). In a day and age when the world flaunts a person’s outward appearance, God reminds us that meekness is something of greater value (1 Peter 3:3-4). Because we are all prone to wander and fall, meekness is a vital quality in the restoration of a fallen saint (Galatians 6:1,2). Because the spirit of this world is anti Christ, the “wisdom” that it puts forth is in stark contrast to the wisdom that comes from above, which is rooted in divine meekness (James 3:13). Oh, how important meekness is within the body of Christ and in our efforts to reach the lost! Not only is meekness a key to successful evangelism (1 Peter 3:15), but when it is necessary to address areas of sin or disorder within the body, we must be sure that we do so in meekness and gentleness (2 Corinthians 10:1).

We read in Matthew 5:5 that the meek shall inherit the earth. This promise comes from Psalm 37:11: “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Do not despair about your lowly place in this world, beloved. For the child of God, the best is yet to come! Remember, being meek is not following a definition; it is being like Jesus.