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The Power of Meekness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ir. David Kurniadi   
Friday, 18 August 2017 01:30

The Power of Meekness


“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth!” (Matthew 5:5)


Unto the meek God gives the earth as their inheritance. Why God gives the earth to the meek? It’s because, the earth will be safe in the hand of the meek. We cannot imagine what would it be if the earth were at the hand of the rude and brutal people? The earth will soon be fallen apart and perished.


God gives “dominion”: power and authority over the earth to the meek. It’s because, the meek has the same likeness with the Son of God. Meekness is conformed to the character of the Son of God. And conformity with Him brings power and authority over the creations (Genesis 1:26). So, there is power in meekness.


“And God said: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over (all creations upon the earth)” (Genesis 1:26).


Meekness is defined as: mild, patient and long-suffering. These are the characters of Christ Jesus (Galatians 5:22-23). And the character of Jesus pleases God’s heart (Matthew 3:17).


“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).


That is why God the Father is also well pleased with the meek, because they display the character of Christ; they have conformity with the Son of God (Romans 8:29).


“For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).


And if God was pleased with somebody He will be on his side (Romans 8:31). And if God was on our side, who can be against us? So, there is God’s mighty power behind meekness.


Moses was very meek above all the men of the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3). He didn’t fight back his sister Miriam when she accused him and was against him. Moses just kept quiet and didn’t say a word to defend himself from her sister. He entrusted his case into God’s hand, and we know what was happened then with Miriam. God was on Moses’ side to defend him. There is God’s power behind the meek.


The meek will not use violence to defend his right but trusts himself and everything to God Who judges fairly (1 Peter 2:23). This was what Jesus demonstrated on earth. “When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; when He was abused and suffered, He made no threats of vengeance.”


Though Christ has power and authority, even to command twelve legions (more than 80,000) of angels to fight for Him, but He didn’t do that (Matthew 26:53). He was never abused of power. That was meekness. To such people God will show His power to protect and defend him. There is great power, behind the meek: it’s the power of God. If we know that God defend us, and His defense is more than enough, then why should we defend ourselves?


Meekness is defined as mild behavior, either in utterance or conduct. It’s a soft and sincere diplomacy. If it is used wisely, it has a power to influence people; especially under anointing of the Holy Spirit.


“Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone (bonelike resistance)” (Proverbs 25:15).


Daniel, Nehemiah and Esther were good examples. They can persuade the kings to change their decrees. Imagine what the Christians, with their meekness, can do, if they could persuade the rulers for the benefit of the Kingdom of God? Look at what the king Darius did because the influence of Daniel. King Darius declared: “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel” (Daniel 6:26); or king Cyrus, who made an announcement to let the Israel return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple (2 Chronicles 36:23); or king Xerxes, under the influence of queen Esther, who made an edict to save the Jews from the genocide (Esther 9:1).


Therefore it is not exaggerated to say that the meek shall inherit the earth. There is a power to persuade the rulers and change the situation for the benefit of the Kingdom of God on earth.


Meekness was the character of Jesus when He walked on earth. That what makes Jesus loved by the people, though some hypocrites hated Him. His tender heart made Him has a great empathy toward people in need. He healed the sick and those who was possessed by demons, fed the hungry multitude, released the condemned woman, got along with excluded people and encouraged them. No wonder if people loved Him. He is the gentle King.


“Say to daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey” (Matthew 21:5)


And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when He had come into Jerusalem, the entire city was moved (Matthew 21:8-10).


Meekness means power. Power to kindly influence the people for the Kingdom of God. Those who are in the position as leaders must lead the people with meek and humble heart. Jesus didn’t teach us to exercise lordship when we lead people as the Lord’s delegate authority (Luke 22:25-26). Jesus taught us to lead with meekness and humble heart, and depend totally upon the wisdom and authority given through anointing of the Spirit.

“Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).


Meekness makes us have patience and long-suffering. And patience is power; it’s the power of soul to accept and adapt to the situation that God allows happening in our life, though it is not according to our expectation; it’s power to control ourselves; it’s the strength to bear today’s suffering for the hope of a better tomorrow.


“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than who takes a city” (Proverb 16:32).


May be today is dark, and tomorrow could be darker, but the day after tomorrow the sun will shine. Unfortunately many have given up on the second day. We need patience; forbearance that we may see the sun shines. Don’t give up! Supposed Judas would wait until Christ has risen, like Peter did, then he would receive mercy and forgiveness like Peter. But sadly he was killed himself.


We are about to arrive in “the Promised Land.” And if we patient enough then we will enter “the Promised Land.” The Promised Land today is a level of our Christian life where we enjoy what God has promised us: all the things that He has provided, the things that we never heard and eyes never seen, the things that we never thought before (1 Corinthians 2:9).

So, meekness that includes patient and long-suffering is the inner power: the power that works within to build our inner strength. We need this in order to inherit “the earth” as God has promised for the meek: for those who show conformity with Christ’s meekness.


Now we understand why Christ suggests us to learn from Him, to follow His example, to own His meekness and humble heart, because there is great power and strength in it. We can summarized those powers of the meekness as bellow:


1.     Meekness is the character of Christ. When we have meekness we have conformity with Christ. And God’s power comes together with conformity with His Son. This is the power of meekness.

2.     Meekness means that we don’t use violence to defend our right. We do not abuse the power that God has given us. We don’t take revenge or threaten people who hurt us. We entrust our case to God and depend upon Him, Who judges fairly. And God’s power will be on our side. This is the power of meekness.

3.     With meekness we have power to persuade the rulers, break the bonelike resistance, influence many people for the Kingdom purpose. This too is the power of meekness.

4.     And meekness is the power that gives inner strength – patient and long-suffering – to bear the situation God allows happening in our lives, until the crisis is over and victory arise. And this also is the power of meekness.


So, we can conclude that there is power and strength in meekness. Christ expressed this power and strength as the feeling of “rest” that ease, relieve and refresh our soul. The Psalmist even said it as “the abundance of peace” (Psalms 37:11).


Feeling rest shows that one have ability to accept and adjust himself with the situation, and have power and strength to handle it. And Christ shows the way to posses that power that is by having His meekness and His humble heart: the conformity with Him.


In the contrary, stubborn people, stiffed-neck person, the arrogance and haughty man will never feeling rest. Their process will be hard and must suffer repeated brokenness. As the Lord said: “Whosoever exalts himself with haughtiness and empty pride shall be humbled and brought low” (Matthew 23:12; Amplified Bible).


Their haughtiness and pride will always make them full of envy and jealousy. And this will always bring them into dissatisfaction or discontentment. Their arrogance and pride will always make them worry of their position, and cause resentment. So, stubbornness and haughtiness will not give them rest.


In fact, stubbornness and haughtiness, which is the reverse of meekness and humbleness, will make them vulnerable and fragile to corruption and downfall. Thus actually the stubborn and haughty people are weak. Their power is the power of flesh, which is corruptible. There is no strength in it, because the power of God is not with them, in fact against them. They are just like a grass, and their glory is like the flower of grass, which is today in the field but tomorrow will be withered and cast away into fire. They will not inherit the earth.


“For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yes, you shall diligently consider his place, and it shall not be, but the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalms 37:9-11)   

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