“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”. (Ephesians 4:30)
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of grace and power. The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of meekness and that is why one of the components of the fruit (evidence) of the holy Spirit is meekness.
In other words, meekness is an attribute only the Holy Spirit can birth. Ordinary men who are not yet filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, can at best, be humane and nice on the surface but inwardly can be dangerous. They may not be able to overlook or let go of certain annoying issues. But a man filled with the Holy Spirit can just decide to trivialize a weighty matter that can infuriate an ordinary, carnal man.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Eph. 5:16-18;22-23)
The Greek word for meekness is praotes, meaning the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent and balanced in tempers and passions. It also means to be patient in suffering injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge. Meekness is a fully developed and advanced form of gentleness but while gentleness is more facial or outward, meekness is soulish or inward. This is because a man may be gentle but not meek but a man cannot be meek and not be gentle. Meekness is more spiritual while gentleness is more attached or identified with outward appearance except gentleness birthed by the Holy Spirit.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Pet 3:3-4)
The Greek world for long-suffering is makrothimia and it means patient endurance, to bear long with the frailties, injuries and even deliberate offenses and provocations of others, without whining, repining or resentment.
Long-suffering or patient endurance energizes and lubricates meekness. Long-suffering helps meekness to be total and complete. Without this attribute, meekness can be overstretched and this could lead to outburst.
The Man Moses, the Meekest Man
The Bible refers to Moses as the meekest man of his time. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3), yet at a point in his ministry, he became so angry and disobeyed God’s command by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it. He became so angry even against the God who called him into the same ministry and his outburst also made God, the meekest God of the whole universe, also angry and infuriated at his disobedient action.
Moses the meekest man got so infuriated to the extent that he lost his Holy Spirit-birthed meekness and invariably also got Jehovah, the meekest God of the universe irrevocably angry too, and was banished from entering into the Promised Land he has laboured so much for, for several years.
The Way Out
In other, therefore, not to fall after the order of Moses, who having labored for more than 40 years in ministry standing in the gap for the people in intercession and shouldering all their burdens but still was denied access to the promised land, ministers of God should let the Holy Spirit develop in them other components of the fruit of the Holy Spirit most especially long suffering and temperance.
Long-suffering, hand-in-hand with meekness when the minister of God allows them to be fully developed and effectively and efficiently deployed, would help him to finish strong and end well.
While love, joy, peace, goodness and faith will endear the minister to the sheep he is shepherding, meekness, long-suffering and temperance will make him finish well and strong and able to declare like Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4: 7-8:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4: 10-11)
This is because Apostle Paul allowed meekness, patient endurance and temperance to be fully developed in him.
The man of God must, therefore, rely on the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit to end well.