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The pay off for meekness and Fear-of-God is plenty and honor and a satisfying life. Proverbs 22
Reading this the other day made me wonder about the word meekness. I felt like I did not really like that word and that made me wonder if I had the right understanding of what it actually meant. When I feel the need to re-examine the meaning of a word I tend to skip Wikipedia and go to my Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary. Webster has this to say regarding meekness;
Softness of temper, mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations. 2 In an evangelical sense, humility; resignation; submission to the divine will, without murmuring or peevishness; opposed to pride, arrogance and refractoriness.
So we are not talking about a mousey person unable to stand up for themselves. Think more of the person who has a powerful deposit of self-control and does not lose it in the midst of a hardship. This is the person that does not return an insult with an insult. This is about dignity and composure. A person who is meek is able to look beyond the present discomfort towards a meaningful reward.