“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. “James E. Faust
Meekness implies a spirit of gratitude as opposed to an attitude of self-sufficiency, an acknowledgement of a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God, and an acceptance of his commandments. Humility is not cowardice.
Meek is defined in the original Greek as gentle, forgiving, benevolent – with benevolent defined as kindly generous.
He who has found meekness has found divinity; he has realized the divine consciousness, and knows himself as divine. He also knows all others as divine, though they know it not themselves, being asleep and dreaming. meekness is a divine quality, and as such is all powerful. The meek man overcomes by not resisting, and by allowing himself to be defeated he attains to the Supreme Conquest.The man who conquers another by force is strong; the man who conquers himself by meekness is mighty.When a man finds that within him which is real, which is constant, abiding, changeless, and eternal, he enters into that reality, and becomes meek. All the powers of darkness will come against him but they will do him no hurt, and will at last, depart from him.The meek man shines in darkness, and flourishes in obscurity. Meekness cannot boast, nor advertise itself, nor thrive on popularity. It is practiced, and is seen or not seen; being a spiritual quality it is perceived only by the eye of the spirit.
Once upon a time when everything could talk, the wind and the Sun fell into an argument as to which was the stronger. Finally they decided to put the matter to a test; they would see which one could make a certain man, who was walking along the road, throw off his cape. The wind tried first. He blew and he blew. The harder and colder he blew, the tighter the traveler wrapped his cape about him. The wind finally gave up and told the sun to try. The sun began to smile and as it grew warmer and warmer, the traveler was comfortable once more. But the sun shone brighter and brighter until the man grew so hot the sweat poured out of his face, he became weary, and seating himself on a stone, he quickly threw his cape to the ground. You see, gentleness had accomplished what force could not.”
“Fury or force cuts no ice where gentleness does the job.”
In today’s era , meekness is an attribute to savior, that’s desperately needed today. Here are some points , which shows that meekness is a strength, not a weakness:
*The Meek are Bold:-
The Savior taught the meek to be bold, if someone has tried to hurt and situation has become very curse, meeks behave boldly and over come the situation.
* The meek forgive:-
Whenever, someone has tried to hurt our feeling, mistreated us, disrespect us;it is very difficult to forget and forgive. But ,if we don’t forget and forgive, and don’t let it go, bitterness and anger can cause heavy burden for. So,the Meeks always forgive and remain cool and calm.
*The Meeks always say sorry:-
To say “I’M SORRY”, is an important part of meekness. There are times when we have hurt others feelings, if we owe our mistake , apologize what we have done, is a great virtue,,, as it proves that we are willing to do things right when we have done wrong.
* Meeks are confident:-
The Meeks acknowledge their shortcomings and don’t dwell on them. They always trust their lord do their job confidently.
*The meek serve others:-
The Meeks consider that it’s a privilege given by the Lord to serve others. So, they happy come forward and remain forefront in the service of others.
So, I can say that meekness is a boon in today’s cut throat era . Submissive, bowing, humility, humble, humbleness, courtesy, flexibility, humanity , modesty, politeness, gentleness etc. words are having weightage, and represent greatness .
(The author is a faculty at State Institute Of Education)