However, the Biblical connotation of meekness is completely antithetical with our modern perceptions. The Biblical model of meekness is someone who has great spiritual fortitude, someone who will stand on his principles, who knows what he believes and will not waver to popular opinion, but who does so without arrogance or cockiness (see 1 Peter 3:15). Jesus, of course, demonstrates this quality most definitively, as He was meek, yet He obviously possessed great strength. So, meekness from a biblical perspective essentially means to be strong in purpose, to be confident in your beliefs, but to maintain self control and not resort to mean-spiritedness when confronted.
Although I am by no means a television addict as I rarely sit down and watch a program from start to finish, there are times where I will “veg-out” to enjoy a program which I find entertaining. A few years back there was a series I would watch on occasion, “
Ranger”, a quintessential
(and somewhat hokey) “good guys vs. bad guys” show whose star was Chuck Norris,
a popular martial arts expert. He once
told of a time while filming his TV series in Walker,
Texas where he had stopped at a restaurant
for dinner. He was relaxing in his corner booth when a large man came up to him
and informed Norris he was sitting in “his booth”. Without hesitation, Norris simply got up and
moved to another booth. A few minutes
later the guy came to see Norris again and asked, “Are you Chuck Norris?” Norris nodded he was. The stranger, rather astonished by this
revelation, said ”You could have whipped me easily. Why didn’t you?” To which Norris replied, “It would have
proved nothing.” He shook the man’s hand
and had made a friend. I relate this
story as I believe it is a perfect application of meekness in action! Texas
Few people are aware that before The Revolutionary War, our forefathers initially attempted to resolve their differences with
through peaceful means. They were
confident in the rightness of their cause, and would not waver in their pursuit
of liberty, but they did not resort to violent means immediately. They exhibited true meekness in this manner. Great Britain
In short, meekness does not equate with weakness; meekness means to be purposeful, but under control. For the Christian, that means yielding our lives to the Master, and being “Under His control”. When we do that we become blessed beyond measure.
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