What does it mean to be meek?

Looking in Matthew 5:5 the verse ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth’ is indeed an important part of Jesus’ ministry and should be in the lives of a believer as well. Meekness can be described as looking to everyone on the same level. If we are meek we look up to no one and down to no one. An example could be that we neither look up to the educated nor down on the uneducated. Perhaps meekness isn't just us being humble in our actions, but looking at our hearts and humbling them in the way we think towards others. Meekness is part of the Fruit of the Spirit (KJV) [notice the word isn't mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 in newer versions], it is on the same level as the other eight. Meekness is important, we cannot pick and choose, leaving it out.

The dictionary calls the word meek to mean ‘quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive’. Other descriptions of meek call it to mean ‘Godfearing, righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering; willing to follow gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple’.

I think this word is one that could be easily twisted to what others may believe and interpret to fit their presumptions. Clearly it is an important word and the fact that all eight of The Beatitudes talk about a person’s mind, calling the word ‘meek’ to simply mean ‘humble’ may not give the true meaning of the word. ‘Behind every word there is a story’.

About the Author: My name is Phil, I'm a follower of Jesus. You can find me at http://twitter.com/phil_richmo and see some of my thoughts at http://easilysync.com . I want to see Christians grow in their faith and have a real burning passion for the gospel, seeing new people come to Christ!