The Christlike quality of meekness often is misunderstood in our contemporary world. 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.
Whereas humility generally denotes dependence upon God and the constant need for His guidance and support, a distinguishing characteristic of meekness is a particular spiritual receptivity to learning both from the Holy Ghost and from people who may seem less capable, experienced, or educated, who may not hold important positions, or who otherwise may not appear to have much to contribute.
Jesus had declared during His betrayal, ?Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?? Yet the ?Eternal Judge of both quick and dead? paradoxically was judged before a temporary political appointee. ?And [Jesus] answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.? The Savior?s meekness is evidenced in His disciplined response, strong restraint, and unwillingness to exert His infinite power for personal benefit.