In Biblical times meekness meant far more than it does in modern day English. It carried the idea of being tamed, like a wild horse that has been brought under control. In Numbers 12:3 we read, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” Moses was one of the greatest if not the greatest leader of Israel. Yet what we see with him is that he had power and strength that was under control. Just like a river under control can be used to generate power, and a fire under control can heat a home, Meekness or gentleness can enable us to lead with compassion and care. Meekness enjoys a quiet strength that confounds those who think of it as simply a weakness, and is referred to as love under discipline. How do we apply meekness to ourselves?
1) We do not rise us defensively when our feelings are ruffled.
2) We do not crave the pre-eminence, our desire is for Christ to be glorified.
3) We do not seek to be recognized and highly regarded or to be considered the voice of authority. This may happen, because of the wisdom and strength that we display, but we do not seek the position – it comes to us.
The enthronement of Jesus Christ in our lives makes it possible for meekness to become one of our virtues. Meekness may be the most tangible sign of greatness displayed in us.