But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. —Galatians 5:22–23
Take a moment to open your Bible and read Galatians 5:22–23. Notice meekness is hanging out right along with the other fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith. Wow, meekness must be some pretty POWERFUL stuff!
Meekness… really? I’ve always been under the impression that a person of meekness was someone who was quiet, easily blending into the crowd and, honestly, a little weak. Not until I began to study what meekness means did I come to understand it as a very potent attribute.
The word meekness in this passage comes from the word prautes. It means the attitude or demeanor of a person who is forbearing, patient, and slow to respond in anger; one who remains in control of himself in the face of insults or injuries. The picture of meekness is a strong-willed person who has learned to submit his will to a higher power.* Therefore, you could say that he isn’t weak at all but that he’s controlled. The flesh loves to rage out of control. If your flesh was allowed to have its way, it would overwork, over-worry, overeat, overindulge, and literally run itself to death. But we are called to be meek!
*2 Renner, Rick. Sparkling Gems (Page 754) Published 2003. Print.