In the current climate of aggressive intolerance, I’ve been mulling over the Biblical concept of meekness, as in “the meek shall inherit the Earth (Matthew 5:5)”
Some folks seem to confuse meekness with shyness. But shyness is usually the result of being self-conscious; being focused on one’s self and the impression one is making upon others. True meekness is other-consciousness, being focused on making others feel comfortable and secure.
Another word for meekness is humility. Genuine humility is the recognition of the self-hood of others, the awareness that each person is valuable and worthy of love and respect. Humility accepts the legitimacy of another person’s thoughts and feelings, even when personally disagreeable.
When we acknowledge our unworthiness of God’s grace and sacrificial love and try to see each person we encounter through God’s perspective, that is when meekness enters our heart.
The awe and gratitude you feel when you try to wrap your brain around the magnitude of God’s love for you becomes meekness and humility when extended to others. I’ve sometimes joked about being “God’s favorite child”… because I am… but so are you. We all are. That’s one of His mysteries. He loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
God sees believers through the filter of Christ when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. That’s huge. When I expand this reality to include the people I deal with I no longer feel that I must insist on my “rights” or take offense at slights.
True meekness is the absence of fear and competition in our relationships; it is trusting God to take care of justice and fairness.
When resting on faith in His Word and His unchanging love we are free to live as inheritors of this Earth and citizens of the next.