Jesus stated, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). How is it possible to even consider meekness in a highly competitive environment where a crucial leadership/management skill for success is the ability to motivate people to get things done? How is meekness possible in an atmosphere where gentleness is viewed as an inconsequential irritant that has no place in the hyper-competitive work place; where meekness is perceived as weak, groveling, passive-aggressive behavior; where the hard charger type A personality is held in high esteem?
It is instructive that three of the most powerful leaders in history were meek in spirit:
- Jesus : “…I am meek and lowly in heart…Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5b; 11:29b – NIV).
- Moses : “…Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3 – NAB).
- Paul , who viewed himself as the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15), admonished believers to, “… Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…Let your gentleness be evident to all…” (Col. 3:12b; Phil. 4:5b). (See Psa. 18:35; 37:11; Isa. 40:11; Zech. 9:9; I Cor. 4:23; 2 Cor. 10:31; Gal. 5:22, 23; Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 2:7; 1 Tim. 3:3; 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:25; Tit. 3:2; Heb. 5:2; Jms. 3:13, 17; 1 Pet. 5:6)
“Meekness” comes from the Greek word, praus and conveys the following meanings and suggests the following applications. The meek:
Own a quiet, humble, and gentle nature, coupled with a firm disposition in dealing with people.
Are free of arrogance and pushiness, resting in their knowledge of who they are in Christ.
Possess a blend of spiritual poise and strength (like a powerful animal that has learned to accept discipline).
Are people of great power who have learned to restrain themselves for the good of those who are weaker.
Acknowledge the weakness and vulnerability of others, empathizing with their struggles and failings.
Have profound respect for the dignity of others that refrains them from exercising coercive tactics.
Do not cave in to external pressures, especially when ethical issues are at stake.
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill