Meek men are not weak men…they refuse to shove, push, and throw their weight around. They do not win their wars with brutal battles and fierce fights. They win their way into a hundred hearts and homes with the passport of a lowly, loving spirit.
Their unique genius is their gentleness. This quality of life does not come from a position of feeble impotence, but rather from a tremendous inner strength and serenity. Only the strong, stable spirit can afford to be gentle…. This quality is much more than a thin veneer of proper propriety or superficial politeness…. Rather, it is the epitome of a laid-down life, poured out, laid out, lived on behalf of others.
– W. Phillip Keller, A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit