Is Meekness Weakness ?

During my quiet time this morning with the Lord, as I prayed for guidance when reading/studying His Word, four simple (yet profound) words where whispered by the Spirit  “… and learn of me…”.  When I opened the Bible to Matthew chapter 11 and began reading the  beautiful words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ to the multitudes, I saw those four words.  I remember doing a study on meekness several years ago, so I searched for and found all my notes.  I would like to share something wonderful about meekness.

Matthew 11:28-30 ” Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden , and I will give you rest . 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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

In today’s culture, meekness, rather than being seen as a virtue, is usually equated with weakness.  This was not so in the Near East and Greco-Roman world where a high premium was placed on meekness.  In the Old Testament we see the virtue of meekness exemplified in the person of Moses.  Numbers 12 :3  ” (Now the man Moses was very meek , above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)”   Moses, as we know from his role is bring the children of Israel out of captivity was NOT a weak man, but he was in complete submission to the LORD God.  However, most modern versions/translations of the Bible use the words gentleness or humility in place of the word meekness because of the negative connotations related to it in today’s culture.   What was once a virtue is now considered a defect in our society.  Webster’s Dictionary states meek is obsolete in today’s vernacular, and actually uses “being a wimp” as a current definition.

Jesus Christ, as the incarnate God, submitted Himself completely to suffering and the will of the Father.  Meekness does not identify the weak, but exactly the opposite!  The word meek describes someone who is directed by the Holy Spirit, accepts that God is sovereign and in control of all events and perseveres without giving up.   Meekness is being submissive, soft, yielding, gentle, peaceful, modest, mild, patient, humble, timid, long-suffering, and forbearing.   All of these qualities are the fruit of the Spirit.

It is impossible to be meek without being “yoked with Christ”, which in turn makes us want to “learn of Him” and in that our souls are able to find rest.  Just as two oxen yoked side-by-side work together for a common purpose, so is our relationship with our Savior. 

Galatians 5:22-25 ” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called : because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

1 John 2:6 “He that saith he abides in him ought himself also so to walk , even as he walked.”

In the days we live in, I pray that we the Body of Christ, the true Church, begin to earnestly desire to “learn of Him” as the Word teaches and not as the world speaks.  Our Savior is returning… and when He does I pray He finds us awake, alert and awaiting His return.  Go forth, share the truth of the Gospel, for many there are that need Him.  © streim

True Hope Defined

Romans 5: 1-6 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary verses 1-5:  A blessed change takes place in the sinner’s state, when he becomes a true believer, whatever he has been. Being justified by faith he has peace with God. The holy, righteous God, cannot be at peace with a sinner, while under the guilt of sin. Justification takes away the guilt, and so makes way for peace. This is through our Lord Jesus Christ; through him as the great Peace-maker, the Mediator between God and man. The saints’ happy state is a state of grace. Into this grace we are brought, which teaches that we were not born in this state. We could not have got into it of ourselves, but we are led into it, as pardoned offenders. Therein we stand, a posture that denotes perseverance; we stand firm and safe.  And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in now. Tribulation works patience, not in and of itself, but the powerful grace of God working in and with the tribulation. Patient sufferers have  Divine consolations, which abound as afflictions abound. It works needful experience of ourselves.  This hope will not disappoint, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love. It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints. A right sense of God’s love to us, will make us not ashamed, either of our hope, or of our sufferings for him.

1 Peter 1: 3-6 ” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,”

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Charles Spurgeon once said ” I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, “You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.