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“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”


in the meekness of wisdom

The word “meekness” is a term for humility. The kind of wisdom James values is the wisdom that operates in the sphere of “meekness.” Meekness is not weakness but strength under God’s control. Trench, in his book on Greek synonyms, says that meekness is inwrought grace and that the exercise of meekness is chiefly towards God. It is the attitude that accepts all God’s dealings with us as good. 

Ga 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”


A meek attitude accepts all God’s dealings with us as good.


Meekness is not gentleness as if a gentle person is a prissy person. A meek person is a powerful person who knows the power of God in his life. His occupation is with the Lord and not himself. It is power under control, the power of God controlling our lives. 

A meek person does not look down on others with a sense of contempt. He understands only too well that he is what he is but by the grace of God. God’s grace humbles him. He knows that everything he has is from the hand of God. 

2 Co 10:1, “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ— who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.”

Ga 6:1, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

Co 3:12, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…”

1 Pe 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…