- Ephesians 4:1, 2
In addition to a humble mind, a worthy walk requires meekness or mildness. Some equate meekness with weakness. This equation is inaccurate. Meekness is the proper use of one’s ability. Please allow me to further explain.
A great example of meekness is found within the liberty of the Christian. Among the believers in Rome, there arose a disagreement as to what was and what was not “clean food”. Here seems to be a summary of the situation.
For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
- Romans 14:2 (NKJV)
Paul states the truth about clean and unclean things. He also recognizes that some are weaker in the faith as to such issues.
I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
- Romans 14:14 (NKJV)
In other words, Paul writes that the Christian is free to eat all food because nothing is unclean. But the apostle also understands that some believers still considered some food to be forbidden to eat. The answer is for the stronger brother, the one believing all food is alright to eat, should refrain from eating anything that creates offense.
It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.
- Romans 14:21 (NKJV)
Although Christians are free to eat anything, their liberty should not be exercised if it harms another brother or sister. In this case, the stronger Christian is meek to the weaker Christian. Such respect for another believer takes patience (v 2).
 “Weaker” here is not implied as inferior but is to be thought of as less mature.