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Embrace Meekness – It Has Its Moments

Embrace meeknessA lot of people see meekness as some sort of weakness. However, meekness has its moments. Sometimes, it is better to be kind that to be right. Therefore, sometimes its better to bite one’s tongue, rather than coming across as assertive, aggressive and arrogant. Such traits are unbecoming, yet many consider them as points of strength. I say otherwise. Coming across as assertive, aggressive and arrogant takes very little self-control.  On the other hand, expressing meekness takes great amounts of self-control and inner strength. Therefore, it is wise to embrace meekness.

Exploring Meekness

Meekness can be defined as exhibiting docility in communicating with others, bearing the pain of unjust suffering for the glory of God. For example, a coworker decides to point out the flaws of your work at an open staff meeting, without ever coming to speak with you beforehand, privately. Of course, you feel humiliated, but how would you act outwardly? The assertive, aggressive and arrogant type would enter into a shouting match with the coworker, creating an uncomfortable mood within all in the room. A person possessing the virtue of meekness would respond with docility, putting everyone in the room at ease. The meek person acts mild-mannered, hearing out the complaints, respecting the opinion of the coworker, and bearing the pain of humiliation. The meek person would then make the assertive, aggressive and arrogant person look like a fool in front of their peers.

Meekness doesn’t mean bearing the pain of humiliation without ever taking action. The meek person knows when to address the assertive, aggressive and arrogant coworker’s actions. After the meeting, the meek person can approach the coworker, privately, to resolve the situation peacefully, while seeking harmony and a productive outcome. Such action would win the respect of others and show that the meek person is approachable.

How to Embrace Meekness

The next time you are unjustly confronted and want to embrace meekness consider the following:

  • Be mild mannered, putting others at ease
  • Let others speak their opinions
  • Respect the opinions of others
  • Show deference
  • Endure unjust suffering for the glory of God

Should you take these steps, you will show great self-control and inner strength. You will have mastered the virtue of meekness.

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2 Responses to Embrace Meekness – It Has Its Moments

  • Some examples of meekness from Scripture which I found helpful (and challenging): Mt. 11, 29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle (meek) and lowly in heart.

    Mt. 21, 5: “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble (meek), and mounted on an ass.
    2 Cor. 10, 1: I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.
    Sirach/Ecclesiasticus, Ch. 3, 17: My son, perform your tasks in meekness; then you will be loved by those whom God accepts.

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