A woman covered from head to toe who only speaks when spoken to and has no ability to defend herself. Timid and shy. That’s been my view of what the word meek meant in the past. Meekness is weakness, right? That’s what people say. That’s what people think. I did.
I was wrong. They are wrong.
Meekness is actually a characteristic of Christ that we are to emulate. And wear. Boldly.
Continuing to talk woman to woman today as we dissect this instructional verse,
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness…” (Colossians 3:12 ESV)
What is meekness if not weakness? An attitude of grace, I believe. A choice to take the high road, when you are being steered down the lesser one.
Surely meekness is a close cousin to the better fit of humility we discussed last week, but not one in the same.
Merriam-Webster’s defines meekness as “ enduring injury with patience and without resentment” and “not violent.”
It doesn’t take more than a few seconds for this notably aloof blonde to recognize the greatest living testimony to that definition.
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
Has another human ever exemplified the definition of meekness more than Jesus? I say not.
And how do we as women begin to see ourselves as capable of the same? I ask you. I don’t have the answer. I just know He did it. And He expects us to. And then there is this great reward for figuring out how to wear this seemingly impossible to wear trait,
The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-God
is plenty and honor and a satisfying life. (Proverbs 22:4 MSG)
Yes, please. I’ll take those words on my headstone. “She lived a God-fearing, honorable and satisfying life.”
How do I get there? How do we get there?
We could start by recognizing meekness for what it is. It does not equate to a life lived in fear or under someone’s thumb. Quite the opposite.
We choose to endure our trials with strength and dignity and grace. This does not mean we endure abuse that goes against the laws of man or of God. Meekness is not a means to excuse or tolerate abuse. God allowed laws to be put in place for our protection and if we experience abuse that breaks those laws, we should always seek help and a way out.
I’m talking about the trials that God gives us to endure for His names sake. Those things we don’t necessarily want to go through, but when we do we come out stronger than before and He is glorified through our example of meekness to a world that needs to see it personified. To a world that saw it once and didn’t realize it for what it was.
Jesus endured the cross for the JOY set before Him. He could see the other side and in humility and meekness, He stayed on the cross when He could have called legions of Angels to rescue Him. But He had a greater plan. One of redemption and grace and hope. A plan that through His meekness was fulfilled.
Woman to woman, can we remember this great example of meekness the next time we face a trial threatening to leave us only weak?
Can we agree that meekness is not really weakness and is actually worth putting on? And even weakness when worn in the image of Christ, is strength.
It’s not wrong to be weak. When we are weak, He is strong.
It’s not wrong to be meek. When we are meek, He is lifted High.
In meekness He was lifted high that we might experience the same Joy one day. One glorious day. A day worth putting on meekness for today.
Welcome to Woman to Woman Wednesday’s here on my little piece of blog real estate. Working to encourage each other to truth in Christ. I would be ever so honored if you would link-up with your own blog post on today’s topic by clicking below on the little blue frog or at the least, share some comments with us. We are all in this together and we can learn so much more from each other than on our own. Agree? Thank you for stopping by and I can’t wait to meet you! xoxo-Meredith