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Meekness Isn't Weakness

Meekness means a calm temper, someone who is not easily provoked. It does not mean weakness. The greatest leaders among God's true people were meek i.e. strong, but not swaggering: "the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3 KJV). Meekness is a self-control quality that Christians are instructed to learn and develop, not just for the interim, but for the powers and responsibilities that await them (see the Fact Finder question below).

Meekness Isn't Weakness

Church Jesus Christ, while physically and psychologically strong (see What Did Jesus Look Like?), was also meek, i.e. not proud, not arrogant, not abusive:

"Come unto Me, all ye that labour 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." (Matthew 11:29-30 KJV)

Meekness is among the fruit of the Holy Spirit (see also Christian Living):

"the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)

Meekness is a necessary quality in a good teacher because all of the knowledge in the world is useless if an abrasive manner causes people to walk away with their hands over their ears. Teachers of the Gospel cannot afford to be obnoxious; the stakes are too high, for everyone. Be bold, be forceful, always proclaim the whole Truth regardless of who likes it or not, but don't be deliberately offensive.

"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will" (2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ say the meek are going to inherit?
Matthew 5:5


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