Meekness has always been a characteristic of the Godly (Psalm 37:11). It’s the only quality that Jesus ever ascribed to Himself – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
So what is meekness? The Greeks used the word to refer to the taming of a wild horse. The animal hadn’t lost its strength, but all of the power of that animal had been brought under control. To be meek is to be under the controlling power of the Holy Spirit. It involves our submission to God's authority and it involves the yielding of our rights. It is linked with what the Bible refers to as being filled with the Holy Spirit.
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour then you have all of the Holy Spirit that you’re ever going to get. The Holy Spirit is a person. You can’t just have a bit of Him. Either you have the Spirit of God or you don’t. Paul says in Romans 8:9, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
The filling of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with getting more of the Holy Spirit but it has everything to do with the Holy Spirit getting more of you.
The Holy Spirit wants to fill and control every area in our lives; but He does not force Himself upon us. He wants us to yield to Him the right to every single area of our lives until they are under His control and Lordship. This is the way of blessing and success.
The meeker we become the less upset and angry we will be when we don’t get our own way. Meekness is the antidote to anger.
Philippians 2:7 says that Jesus “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.” And because He was willing to yield His rights, God has exalted Him and given Him a name above every name. If you want to be exalted in the eyes of your family, don’t fight for your rights. Don’t demand their respect – earn it! If Jesus yielded His rights and became a servant then how much more must we.
If you invest in teaching your children this Christ-like quality of meekness, you will be investing in the success of their future marriage and relationships. And the best way to teach it is to model it! Show them what meekness is like by demonstrating what a Godly life looks like.