Is Meekness Synonymous With Love?
I think maybe so!
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Most of us equate the word meek to weak, but that’s not what the word means. Webster defines it as: enduring injury with patience and without resentment. I believe this is the meekness of which Jesus speaks.
Jesus was meek, and he demonstrated it when, as He hung on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34. While He suffered the greatest injury of all, He suffered it with patience and without resentment.
And, I don’t think He was only talking about the soldiers who were charged with putting Him to death. I think He was talking about all mankind, and I thank God that He forgives me for all I have done. I must confess most of my sins were not done in ignorance, but Jesus took them upon Himself anyway. He took them with the utmost meekness, patience beyond my comprehension, and a lack of resentment that astounds me. How can we not love Him?
When we love God, we become one with Him, and as our love for Him grows, we become more like Him. We become patient and harbor no resentment when others injure us. Is meekness synonymous with love? Are they one and the same? I think maybe so.