Meaning of Meekness
What is Meekness:
As meekness the condition of meek is called. It refers to docility, softness or benignity in character or in treatment. The word, as such, comes from Latin mansuetūdo, mansuetudĭnis.
Meekness is a highly valued value for those who submit to religious discipline, as it implies great humility and self-control, as well as great obedience and rigid observance of the rules.
Meekness, sometimes confused with weakness, supposes great inner strength and enormous conviction to face difficult or adverse situations without resorting to violence or falling prey to feelings of anger and resentment.
See also Weakness.
In this sense, meekness helps us develop self-control and strengthen our personal, moral or spiritual convictions.
As meekness is also designated the attitude or behavior of an animal that is not brave or wild. In this way, we can speak of meekness in animals such as cows, elephants, giraffes, etc.
Meekness in the Bible
According to the Bible, meekness is one of the twelve fruits that the Holy Spirit forms in the faithful, along with love, joy, peace, patience, etc. The fruits, in turn, are the consequence of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
These qualities are fundamental for the moral theology of Christianity, since they are in charge of guiding the life of the Christian towards the values of charity, goodness and temperance, among others. Meekness implies the capacity for self-control, to control anger when it assaults. It is related to other virtues such as humility and mildness, and its basis is the willingness to abide by the Lord's discipline.
In the sacred scriptures, meekness is a quality fundamentally present in Moses and Jesus. Jesus, for example, ready to accept God's will, reacts meekly to his fate, and accepts his Calvary and death: he sacrifices himself to save humanity, out of love and obedience. In fact, he refers to this quality in his Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5: 5).
Christian meekness is sometimes mistaken for weakness or cowardice, but it is not. Meekness implies a great inner strength capable of controlling the most elemental impulses of the human being, such as violence, selfishness or arrogance. Thus, meekness is rather an attitude of obedience and love towards God and towards others.