also known as: gentleness
The biblical virtue of meekness is not cowardice or a failing of any kind; it is strength and power that is held in check.
Promises to the meek
Special promises are made to those who maintain this virtuous spirit.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” —Matthew 5:5
Required of true followers of Christ
Scripture requires that the Godly cultivate this spirit in their lives.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. —Colossians 3:12-13 NASB
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” —Matthew 11:29 NASB
- How and why did Christ greatly humble himself for our sake? Answer
Heros of the Bible
Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock.
…So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” —Genesis 13:5-9 NASB excerpt
Moses, a prince of Egypt and the leader of the Israelites
…the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth…” —Numbers 12:3 NASB
King David upon being publicly cursed and pelted with stones by an angry man
He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David…
Thus Shimei said when he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!”… [etc.]
Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him.
Perhaps the Lord will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.” —2 Samuel 16:10-12 NASB excerpt
“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more.” —1 Corinthians 9:19 NASB
- What is HUMILITY—and why is it so important? Answer
- What is MERCY? Answer
- What is GRACE? Answer
- What is GOODNESS? Answer
- For a follower of Christ, what is LOVE—a feeling, an emotion, or an action? Answer
- What is WISDOM? Answer
- Having a gentle spirit does not suggest that the Godly should never be angry. God hates sin and is greatly angered by injustice, and so should be His followers. See: ANGER and JUSTICE OF GOD
- THE FEAR OF THE LORD— What is it? Why is it important and linked to wisdom, humility and gentleness (meekness)? Answer