“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
We live in a day and age, it seems, where the things this world values the most are in direct opposition to the life Jesus describes as blessed. That would be especially true when it comes to being meek.
The word meek is a hard one to define. In essence, it means to be gentle or kind. It is generally associated with a spirit of kindness, humility, and submission. The word Jesus used in Matthew 5:5 is prays, which means gentleness of spirit or mildness of disposition. Thus, meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness or self-interest. The meek are those who are not occupied with self at all, but totally reliant on God. Meek people don’t stomp around, but tread lightly. They don’t feel the need to continually air their opinions, but listen carefully. They do not see people as threats or competition, but look tenderly. They do not fight and grab and push their way to the front, but they touch with reverence. Meek people know that true growth requires nurture, not force. In our rough and tumble world, meekness can be a vivid, tangible reminder of the presence of God among us. The meek do not posture nor promote, they do not campaign nor draw attention to themselves, but they offer their contributions to the world in quiet tenderness. Therefore, the meek are able to inherit the earth because they are not trying to control, conquer, manipulate, or impress it. They are blessed because they are a blessing.
Lord Jesus, if we ever hope to be anything like you, we must learn to be meek. Unfortunately, that is so much against our nature that we can never hope to do it on our own. You must grow it in us. Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus! Make us more and more like you each day. Amen.
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