Meekness, as used biblically, means to be strong enough to have great self-control in the face of ever escalating provocation. Meekness is a powerful testimony of our faith. Meekness shows we are willing to follow Jesus, the one who values peace, justice, and love, even when people around us would wish us to do otherwise, and some will try hard to make us respond with violence and anger. It takes a great deal of courage to remain meek today. Each of us must ask ourselves if we are brave enough to embrace meekness.
In 1 Peter 3:13-18, the author calls us to be gentle, reverent witnesses to our faith, even in the face of provocation. In that way, our words and actions counter slander and libel thrown at us. We show a far better way of being. But, it requires courage and a sublimation of our natural tendency to lash out when provoked. How much better would the world be today if we all practiced meekness and a gentle, reverent witness?
Care to find out?