One of the most important traits that a Christian can possess is meekness or humbleness. Mathew 5:5 states that “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Titus 3:2 – “to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” Proverbs 16:19 – “It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.” James 4:6 -“God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
William MacDonald…in the Believer’s Bible Commentary states that “Meekness implies acceptance of one’s lowly position. The meek person is gentle and mild in his own cause, though he may be a lion in God’s cause or in defending others.” Meekness is an active and deliberate acceptance of undesirable circumstances that are wisely seen by the individual as only part of a larger picture. Being meek does not come naturally. Meekness (gentleness) is a work of the Holy Spirit being a fruit of the Spirit that we obtain by walking in the Spirit.
We are called to be meek in our relationship with others. We should be peaceable, kind, gracious and courteous – avoiding quarreling but rather blessing those who would persecute us (Romans 12:14). In short, we are to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21) by maintaining our christian virtues (including meekness) even in the midst of persecution. This shows trust in God’s sovereignty to honor his word and oppose the proud and wicked for us. We should take an eternal view and know that God has won the ultimate victory and the meek (humble) will eventually inherit the earth. In the meantime, we are under standing orders to pray for our enemies and make every effort to put forth the Gospel, and be imitators of Christ (I Cor 11:1).