Christian Living
Understanding Meekness
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Mar 13, 2018
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One perception that many Christians hold in error is their idea of what it means to be meek. People think of meekness as weakness or timidity. Those who are meek are thought of as wimps or cowards. Nothing could be further from the Truth.

The Greek word for meekness, praotes, is synonymous with courage, confidence, security, and strength under control. Gentleness causes us to care for the weak, defend the helpless, and nurture the innocent. A gentle person is strong in character and resolve, yet tender and humble before God.

Gentleness causes us to care for the weak, defend the helpless, and nurture the innocent.

 

Gentleness does not brag about accomplishments or bully people around to show strength. It is not false modesty, but true humility. Meek people know they are nothing without God. At the same time, meek people know that because of God, they can do whatever He asks them to do. They know that all talents, abilities, and success come from God.

How do we rely upon the strength of God and not our own strength? Through a continual outpouring of thanksgiving. Acknowledge God daily as your provider and protector. Thank Him for your health, strength, intellect, talents, and spiritual gifts. Thank Him for the opportunities He brings your way and the rewards and blessings He bestows on you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for all that You've given me. I acknowledge that without You, I am nothing. Help me to always rely on Your strength and not my own. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).