The Spirit of Meekness
The first three verses in Ephesians 4 are so rich in meaning and in application to our lives that we struggle with them. But if the church of our Lord is ever going to be what God planned for it to be in our generation it will have to be because we as the members of the church possess the characteristics that Paul describes here; We must walk worthy of that vocation wherewith we were called; We must walk in lowliness or humility; and we must also walk in meekness, or gentleness.
We have often depreciated the idea of meekness or gentleness. To us it often thought of as a sissy attitude, It is a sign of weakness. But that is not what the Scripture has in mind in this word. It comes from a complex Greek word, very difficult to define in simple English words. Aristotle defines words often by suggesting them to be the mid-way point between two extremes. In other words he describes this word as the midway point excessive anger and excessive angerlessness. In other words it is not a person who is never angry nor one who is angry all the time. It is rather one who is angry at the right time and at the right things. It is one who is moved to anger by the wrongs and sufferings of others but never by the wrongs and insults he himself has to bear.
It can be defined in another way. It is used in Greek Literature of an animal trained to obey, completely domesticated and completely under discipline and control. Therefore, the man who is meek or gentle is a man who has every instinct and every passion and every motion of his mind and heart and tongue under perfect control. Now that is impossible ... but it would be right to say a meek man is God-controlled. He is a man who is willing to allow God to take the reigns of his life and control him.
This is a characteristic that grows out of humility. It is mildness or gentleness. Moses was the meekest of all men... but he was no weakling. Nor was he a sissy. He was strong leader of men, but a God controlled man.
1 Peter 3:4
1 Corinthians 4:21
2 Corinthians 10:1
1 Timothy 6:11