When our culture describes “strong women” we tend to think of women who are competitive, aggressive, driven, and willing to stand up for their rights and fight for or force their way. Not meekness.
But when the Bible defines spiritual power, it isn’t about worldly power-grabbing, exalting self, or steamrolling others.
One of the most forgotten virtues in the Kingdom of Christ is meekness.
That is not a word we use very often now. And if we do use it, we tend to use it to describe someone who acts weak, wimpy, or “mousy.” But that is not the Bible’s definition.
Meekness Is Not Weakness
This word is largely mischaracterized today as timidity, weakness, passivity, apathy, resignation to fate, or being unambitious.
A weak horse would be sickly, malnourished, and unable to carry a rider or jump hurdles.
Not a very attractive quality if that is the description, is it?
But meekness is not about weakness! It is about profound spiritual strength and it is arguably one of the greatest “keys to true spiritual power” (Elisabeth Elliot).
The Importance of Meekness
Our level of meekness will greatly decide how much peace and contentment we have daily and how well we respond to various trials.
What Is Meekness? How Does It Relate to Spiritual Power?
Meekness is bridled strength, like that of a tamed wild horse. The horse is still strong and possesses all of her capabilities. She chooses not to use her strength to harm people and others.
She places her strength and power under self-control and submits her strength to the will of her jockey.
- Gentleness born from strength of character.
- Patient and slow to anger.
- Not irritable, touchy, or easily offended.
- Humble and willing to make itself small to exalt God.
- Willing to be a servant and not seek the spotlight.
- Fine with taking lowly roles that go unnoticed by other people.
- Has the right or power to do something but chooses to refrain from using its rights or power to benefit others.
Examples of Meekness
Mary the Mother of Jesus
Mary responded with incredible willingness to God’s call to her to become the mother of the long awaited Messiah. She was not divine. She was human like all of us. But she had great faith and trust in God.
Unlike Moses and many other prophets, she had zero hesitation to receive God’s plan for her as soon as she understood it.
In spite of the very real potential risks that she could lose her betrothed husband, her reputation, and even her life, she joyfully and instantly yielded to God’s will for her. Rejoicing in His goodness to her.
This takes incredible spiritual power and strength.
The Rewards of Meekness
- Inherit the earth.
- Be happy, favored, and blessed by God.
- Rule in Christ’s kingdom with Jesus.
Verses about Meekness
- But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. Psalm 37:11
- “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matt. 5:5
- Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. James 3:13
Got Questions: What Does the Bible Say About How Much Power a Christian Possesses?
Very good reminder April! And special insight – “She places her strength and power under self-control and submits her strength to the will of her jockey.”
I love this – I don’t need to become a mouse – but I do need self control. I read this in Titus 2 this week – older women are to be “self-controlled”.
It seems this is a key area we struggle in – when we are not submitted to and abiding in Jesus. Lots of things are out of control – routines, spending, speaking, anger, eating, priorities.
Older women are to teach younger women – but I understand that as a woman who is a fair few years older than April – she is definitely more mature in the faith than me – and especially in the area of godly femininity – and she is further down the road than me in understanding the struggles and yielding to God’s commands for women – therefore I see her as a friend of good character who I will definitely let influence me!
Through this blog April – you are teaching the ‘younger’ women (not necessarily in age but in spiritual maturity). I am very thankful to God for your gentle, wise and godly influence. xx
“Older women…are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
(Titus 2:3-5 ESV)
Yes! God doesn’t call us to be mice or wimpy. But to be yielded to His control. Fully yielded to Him. Of course, we learn that more and more as we grow in our faith and we continue to learn as long as we are on this earth.
I didn’t learn these things intending to teach other wives, but when Greg finally did feel safe with me and saw what God had done and all He had shown me, he asked me to share with other women. And, I believe, God has called me to do that, too. I couldn’t keep these beautiful treasures from Christ to myself.
May we all continue to grow in Jesus and allow Him to work and have control in our lives. May He be glorified in and through us!
And may we share the goodness of God with each other.
Much love, dear sister!
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