The Power of Being Meek


Did Jesus really say we should be meek? Does it mean a child of God should be weak and submissive? The truth is that there is a secret power that is unlocked when you are meek in the way that Jesus taught.

First, lets have a look at what Jesus said:
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (NIV)
The original word for meek in that verse is:
praus [prah-ooce']
Apparently a primary word; mild, that is, (by implication) humble: - meek. 

Was Jesus 'mild' and 'meek'?

Jesus practiced what He preached. If we want to know what 'meek' or 'mild' means we just have to look at Jesus.

Jesus is the most well known Man that ever lived. His teachings was so extreme that it offended most and eventually got Him killed. Jesus called the 'important' people of the day (teachers of the law and the Pharisees) hypocrites, snakes, and brood of vipers (Matthew 23). - Jesus was everything but weak and submissive.

Jesus overturned tables (Matthew 21) and no one stopped Him! Why?

Do this experiment: Go to your local flea market and start overturning tables. See how many you can turn over before you are tackled to the ground.

Jesus radiated a power that intimidated people. When the soldiers arrested Jesus He was not scared or intimidated - but they were!
When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. - John 18:6 (AMP)
Whatever 'mild' means in the verse above, it definitely does not mean you should have a submissive personality and be mediocre.

Being mild (meek) is not what you think

Most people get stuck at the 'meek' part and somehow miss the rest of the verse. The meek will inherit the earth!

It does not say 'will one day go to heaven' . The earth is what is here and now - everything you dream and want  - being prosperous, happy, healthy. successful, liked and loved.

I didn't use to like this verse. Who wants to be weak and submissive. Then the second part of the verse grabbed my attention and now I want this 'meekness'. 

What is the 'meek' that Jesus talks about?

Jesus actually wasn't the first one that came up with this quote:
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity - Psalm 37:11
Jesus just upgraded the power of meekness. David said you will inherit the 'land' - Jesus said you will inherit the 'earth'!

Just like Jesus, David was everything but weak, submissive and mediocre.

To understand what this 'meek means we have to read it in context.

Dissecting Psalm 37

We will look at Psalm 37 1 - 11 as verse 11 ends with the meek will inherit the land.
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. - Psalm 37:1-3
Don't worry about the bad people - even if it looks like they are winning. If there is someone doing you wrong - doesn't matter if it is a leader, your boss, a cheating, abusive or controlling partner - don't give them your thoughts and attention. God will deal with them. You just carry on and do good.

Note: You should never 'let it go' if someone is abusive towards you of if your partner is cheating. We will get to when its time to take action just now. The point is do not 'fret' about them - don't allow them to take over your thoughts and bring you down.
Take delight in the Lord,  and he will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4
The reason you should not focus on the bad people in your life is that we are what we think and dream. You need to dream big and think positive. God will give you what you dream and think - not what you deserve or what He thinks is best for you.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. - Psalm 37:5-6
You need to trust God - but that is not enough. You should commit your 'way' to the Lord. What is your 'way'? What is your plan and dream of the future.

If you are constantly fighting - you are constantly focusing on your enemy. If you are not busy with your own agenda you are busy with theirs.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. - Psalm 37:7
There is power in stillness.  Learn to relax and be still, because ...
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. - Psalm 37:8-9
If you don't learn to relax and be still - you will constantly be stressed and angry. Anger leads to evil and evil leads to destruction. Stress and anger can destroy your health, relationships and cause you to make the wrong decisions. 
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. 11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity - Psalm 37:10-11
Some people will give the false impression that they are strong - that they are winning. In the long run, it is the 'mild', the 'meek' that win.

Someone that is meek (mild) is not wasting their time focusing on bad people. The are positive and dream big - creating their world with what they dream, think and say - yes, you can create your world with thoughts and words (Mark 11:21).

Someone that is meek (mild) is not constantly angry but have learned to relax and be still.

The unfettered mind is not controlled by external influences.

Being 'mild' is about having balance 

David understood this. When you read the story of David you will see that he had several opportunities to kill Saul (his enemy) but chose not to. On the other hand when it was time to kill - he did - and he was good at it. He had balance.

Jesus taught this - on the one hand Jesus said:
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. - Matthew 5:39
... but then He also said:
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword - Matthew 10:34
He even told his disciples to buy a sword (Luke 22:36)!

When you are meek you are not weak. You have a calm mind and know when it is time to fight and when you need to turn the other cheek.

The same principles are also taught in Chinese philosophy


Yin and yang describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world.

Examples of yin is feminine, dark, soft, passive, etc.
Examples of yang is masculine, light, hard, active, etc.

Being 'mild' is having a balance. Knowing when to let go and when to act. When to turn the other cheek and when to draw your sword. If you are all 'yang' (attack) then you are out of balance, heading for disaster. When you are all 'yin' (submissive) you are weak. True power is to have balance, harmony and inner peace.

In Tai Chi the purpose of training is to seek peace and harmony. To attach one’s goals to conflict guarantees defeat.

The state of emptiness, an internal stillness that exists when the ego and individual emotions are set aside, is a state where there is no enemy. The opponent defeats themselves by the nature of their own attack. You understand your enemy's needs and fears, and deal with them as if they were your own. Active compassion prevents conflict.

A different peace - a powerful peace

Normal peace would require both parties to agree to have peace. The peace that Jesus gives us (through His teachings) is different. 
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27
It is not dependent on your husband or wife, it is not dependent on the school bullies or your business rival. It is an inner peace that is not controlled by external factors but by God. It is a way of life.

There is power in meekness

Being meek is not about being submissive but about going through life not focusing on bad things that people do. Not needing to react every time someone says something you don't like. Not making a scene about every little thing.

Being meek is about having inner peace and inner strength. It gives you the freedom to dream and live a positive life.

The meek will inherit the earth.

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