Meekness has gotten a bad rap in the culture of this world. People say, “don’t let them run over you. I wouldn’t take that if I were you.” But as a Christian, this is not what the Bible declares. Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The Passion Translation says it this way, “What blessing comes to you when gentleness lives in you! For you will inherit the earth.”
Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit. It is evidence that God’s Spirit lives in us (Galatians 5:22-23). “Meek” in this verse not only means “gentleness,” but it also means, “to be mild.” Mild means, “not bitter, or harsh.”
The world will tell us to get people told, to give them a piece of our minds, but doing this shows that our hearts are bitter. Yes, people and situations can make us angry, but we do not have to be driven by anger. The Word says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26). Anger is an emotion the Lord knows about, but He does not desire anger to control us to the point where we make rash decisions and anger turns us into another person.
Remember, the world has a culture and the Kingdom has one too. As believers, we must daily depend on the Holy Spirit to help us shed the culture of this world and walk in the culture of the Kingdom of God. Meekness is a manifestation of following Christ.
There will be times the Holy Spirit will tell us not to say things in a harsh way, or simply not to say anything at all. Our pride and flesh will not agree with His instructions, but just because that happens does not mean God is wrong and we are right. God knows everything and following His instructions puts us in a place of safety. So, according to Scripture, meekness causes us to inherit the earth. That is not so shallow or weak after all.