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What Does it Mean to Be Meek?

What is meekness? How can we learn to be meek? The best way for us to learn this attribute is by turning towards our Savior and learning from his righteous example.

Once when Jesus was teaching in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought Him a woman who had sinned. The scribes and Pharisees asked if she should be punished(during that  time, the  punishment  was being stoned,  which literally  means throwing stones at her). The reason they asked Jesus this question is because they were trying to trick him. What did Jesus do? Initially he didn’t even answer their question, however, they continued to pressure him for an answer. Jesus stated, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7). Slowly, and one by one, all of the scribes and Pharisees left.

This is a perfect example of Christ showing meekness. During this event, Jesus didn’t raise his voice, he didn’t try to argue, and he didn’t try to prove the Pharisees wrong.Rather, Jesus showed meekness and love.

I  love  the  way  Elder  David A.  Bednar  explains  his  understanding  of  meekness.  “Meekness is a defining attribute of the Redeemer and is distinguished by righteous responsiveness, willing submissiveness, and strong self-restraint. A meek person is not easily provoked and readily acknowledges the accomplishment of others.”

What can we learn from our sweet primary children about meekness? It was Jesus Christ Himself who taught us to look to children as an example. They are often the first to love and the first to forgive. These precious children of God come to us with believing hearts. They are full  of faith  and receptive  to  feelings of  the  Spirit. They exemplify humility, obedience, and love.

As we practice the Christlike attribute of meekness, we can become more like our Savior and develop a stronger relationship with Him and those around us. Each day provides us a new opportunity to be better than we were yesterday. How grateful I am for the loving example of our Savior who is submissive, meek, humble, patient, and so full of love.

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