There are some who look at a humble person as someone who is weak. They may think your ‘meekness is weakness.’ HUMILITY is not negative but rather necessary to keep our hearts right. Let’s take a moment to discuss, “ Meekness is NOT weakness .”
What does this mean?
You may ask, what do I mean? That is why I wanted to take a few moments to write about this topic. You see, very often when we are not walking in humility, we are more than likely walking in pride. I know some may not think anything is wrong with this. But let’s be honest, pride can be very dangerous whether we want to admit it or not.
Once pride grabs a hold of our hearts, we can become blinded by it if we are not careful. The pride I am talking about leads to selfishness. Yes, selfishness. Again, there are many that may not see anything wrong with this either but when we are living like this, we can really hurt many people around us even if we are not intending to. You see, pride can cause us to be willing to what I call, “step on others,” and be willing to lose friends and family for the sake of getting, “mine.”
So my question to you would be, how is this ok? How can living like this not be recognized as painful? I believe so many are really affected by others because of the pride that took over their hearts leading them to negate how it was impacting those around them. I believe we are to strive to do well in life and better ourselves without a doubt. However, it should not take an intentional stepping on or over others to make this happen.
Related: So your ego is impacting your growth?
What is meekness?
This is why I felt it necessary to write about Meekness. A meek person is mild-mannered. They are not boastful. They don’t see the need to brag to prove their worth to others. Their lives speak loud enough and demonstrate true humility. This person is not weak but rather is very strong. It takes true strength to intentionally remain meek.
A meek person understands the importance to let someone else recognize their good works, their lights shine bright for others to see. So when or if someone tried to say otherwise about their lives, they cannot because it would have to be a lie.
Humility promotes a tender heart. It is opposite to pride because it is more mindful of others and sensitive to them. It does not look for how they can take advantage of others at the expense of their moving forward. A humble person understands their name may not be in lights but that is ok because they don’t feed off the praise of others.
I remember experiencing others determining that it did not matter how I was hurt by their recognition and gain promotion. Wow, this really hurt however, I understood that if it takes that to get this, I did not want it. It was ok for me to move away from these things and not choose to move forward the same way.
Let’s sum this up… why is meekness important?
So we see, humility is not negative. It is necessary to be honest about where our hearts are and what is important for us to gain a promotion. If we are ok with hurting others we will choose pride over humility but you may recognize that certain people may not want to stay in a relationship with you. You may be well with what I call being, “fake.” If so, you may also recognize the people around you as just fake. On the other hand, if you really desire genuine people around you I highly recommend you choose humility over pride. Become more aware of how people are affected by you and if some are saying the same words about how you make them feel. Then you choose whether you really care about others around you or not.
This is not about being overly concerned about what others think about you, rather this is becoming more aware of how you treat others around you. Let me hear from you.
Have you dealt with individuals that are very prideful and others who are extremely humble? I would love to hear your story.
Thank you Shelly @Growingwithspawn.com for the opportunity to share my blog post as a guest. You can also read her post on my blog!
About me: Over time, I have come to realize that we must take pauses or we are just experiencing life passing us by quickly! Every day there are several moments we can perhaps all talk about and be an encouragement to someone else with.
~Blessings Pastor Natalie
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Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says
Very thought-provoking. Meekness and humility are underrated qualities in my opinion. Over the years, I have worked with so many people who thought nothing of stepping on other people to get what they wanted. I’ve never wanted to be that person!
Shelly DS says
Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts! It’s great that you identified who you never want to be… it shows that it’s not you 💖
This was a very interesting read. I typically think of humility, humbleness and pride as positive qualities, though the pride that Pastor Natalie is discussing is different than my normal definition. I think of pride in terms of feeling proud, but not at the expense of someone else. For example, I have pride in our son because he is a good person and is contributing something positive to the world. I also have pride in having been an elementary teacher for thirty-one years because I feel what teachers do is important. I feel that I’ve helped a lot of children, just as other teachers have also done.
I agree that meekness is not weakness, but it potentially could be if a person is incapable of standing up for himself/herself. Abusers sometimes target people who are meek. On the other hand, someone can appear to be meek on the outside and have lots of inner strength.
Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji says
This was a well written post and informative. Meekness is indeed not weakness. Meekness is a positive attitude towards people and it’s also defined as a sign of respect towards people.
I’m yet to see a meek person who’s not respectful
Shelly DS says
Thanks for reading Shazzy! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Pastor Natalie says
So honored to guest post and appreciate everyone who took a moment to read and share their comments. Pride and Meekness are two very important topics. Thank you Shelly for the opportunity.