Meek, Not Weak

Chic Broersma

Read: Matthew 11:25-28

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matt. 5:5)

A friend of mine discovered that an employee of his had defrauded him. If he pressed charges, the man would likely go to prison. He considered taking legal action, but when he thought of the repercussions for the man’s future, plus the humiliation it would bring to his family, he decided to offer the man a repayment plan instead. The employee agreed to the plan but never repaid all he had stolen. Many would regard my friend as foolish, but actually he was demonstrating meekness. He had legal recourse, yet he restrained his right to act.

Meekness is not weakness. The meek are inwardly strong enough to be outwardly self-controlled. Moses endured much reproach and yet was “very meek, more than all people” (Num. 12:3). David demonstrated meekness when he prevented his swordsman from killing King Saul, who lay sleeping at his feet (1 Sam. 26:23). Jesus describes himself as “meek and lowly of heart” (Matt. 11:29 KJV). Yet Jesus, the “Lion of the tribe of Judah,” is anything but weak (Rev. 5:5).

Not convinced? Ask the famed French conqueror Napoleon. “I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself have founded great empires. But our empires were founded on force. Jesus alone founded His empire on love, and to this day millions would die for Him” (quoted in James Cardinal Gibbons, Our Christian Heritage, p. 238). Being meek is not weak. —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, by your Spirit, develop in me the strength of meekness—humility and self-control.