Meekness is an oft misunderstood virtue. Its best definition is “power under control”. It is like a powerful medicine with tremendous potential to heal when used properly. It is like a powerful horse with tremendous potential to labor when its strength is harnessed and focused.
Jesus ever possessed the power to summon thousands of angels (Matthew 26:54); yet He was so meek that a woman caught in the very act of adultery was rebuked for her sin but not stoned by the One who was without sin (John 8:1-11).
A Samaritan woman who had had five husbands and was currently living in an adulterous marriage was not offended by the “man who told me all the things that I ever did”; instead, she wanted everyone in the city of Sychar to “come, see Him” (John 4:29).
As Isaiah prophesied, “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench” (Matthew 12:20). What power under control! Therefore, He invites: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Oh, the blessedness of Jesus’ meekness.