“The hearts of the meek and humble are full of joy and comfort continually.” Brigham Young (Teachings of the President,1997 p.180)
There is a disconnect in how the world defines meekness and how the Savior defined meekness.
A modern definition found on vocabulary.com states, “The adjective meek describes a person who is willing to go along with whatever other people want to do, like a meek classmate who won’t speak up, even when he or she is treated unfairly.” Another common definition on google stated, “quiet, gentle, easily imposed on; submissive.”
Noah Webster, in his 1828 dictionary, defined meek as
1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.
Now the man Moses was very meek above all men. Numbers 12:3.
2. Appropriately, humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, ‘Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.’ Matthew 11:29.
We need to understand meekness as the Savior lived it. Elder David A. Bednar said, “Meekness is a defining attribute of the Redeemer and is distinguished by righteous responsiveness, willing submissiveness, and strong self-restraint.” An excellent example is when the Savior was speaking to Pilate. He had the power to simply remove himself from the location or call down a legion of an angels to protect him, but he stayed. The Savior answered Pilate’s questions boldly and courageously, “to this end was I born.” He submitted to the will of His Father, but he was not passive or weak.
How will you develop the attribute of meekness?
I, personally, need to work on being not easily provoked, especially during the evening hours when my child are sleepy.
“Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others.” Elder David A. Bednar