How to get ahead by being meek. Meek? Really? Yes indeed!

What is meekness? Meekness often describes a person who is willing to go along with whatever other people want to do, like a meek classmate who won’t speak up, even when he or she is treated unfairly. A meek person can also be humble, but these words aren’t quite synonyms. By this definition a person seems unlikely to succeed. I think the meaning has changed over time. 

BUT, a biblical definition of meekness would be an attribute of human nature and behaviour defined by righteous, humility, teachable, patient under suffering, long suffering, willing to follow the gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple. This definition makes much greater sense in the light of Jesus’ teaching. Meekness is strength under control. 

In the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:5, Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” The saying implies that those who forgo worldly power will be rewarded in the kingdom of heaven. 

Also consider the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness) and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” 

A spiritually meek person is not self-willed – not continually concerned with his own ways, ideas and wishes. They are willing to put themselves in second place and submit themselves to achieve what is good for others. Meekness is therefore the antithesis of self-will, self-interest, and self-assertiveness.

How then do you get ahead by being meek? You start by recognizing that “It’s not about you!”  Focus on others. Build them up. Show them kindness, demonstrate love, forgive, honour, live in harmony, encourage, serve, be loyal, don’t judge, be kind, be patient, be compassionate, be gentle & humble, show hospitality, live in peace, don’t grumble, and not least, pray for others. (These are all part of the “One Another” verses in the Bible).

By doing these things you will succeed. In becoming more like Christ. And you’ll be a better friend, husband, wife, dad, mom, child, brother, sister or grandparent. 

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