Blessed, The Meek

November 17, 2009
by Rosemary Renninson

Matthew 5:5 – Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous — with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favour and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth! (AMP)

Over the years, I've discovered that any Christ-like virtues that the Lord was developing in me, for the most part, are despised by the world, and even, unfortunately, by some believers. These Christ-like virtues are too often seen as being weak, powerless, ineffectual, inadequate, chickenhearted, lily-livered, faint-hearted, and lacking courage.

Do these words sound anything like our Lord Jesus?

Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (KJV)

Taking His yoke upon us includes taking on His meekness and lowliness of heart. The promise: we will find rest to our souls. Meekness is not weakness. It is blessing. "Blessed are the meek." The promise: we will inherit the earth.

Jesus' kind of meekness is a virtue not a fault. Meekness toward God is submission and surrender. Meekness toward people is grace. It is a moderating of our human or carnal passions. The virtue of meekness has a divine beauty and sweetness in it, which brings credit to our Christianity. Now, we can begin to understand why the meek are blessed.

The meekness that Jesus demonstrated is not easily provoked, and opposes malice and evil speaking, revenge and retaliation. Malice is mental murder, and revenge is Satan's nectar. Jesus' meekness forgives fully and often, and excels in grace, striving to return good for evil.

Can we see that true meekness is a virtue and the exact opposite of the way the world sees it? It takes strength of character, power, adequacy, potency, effectual bravery, and courage to behave as meekly as our Lord does.

We show ourselves to belong to Christ, the master of all virtues, when we wear and conduct ourselves in His yoke.

Prayer: Thank You, our loving gracious Lord, that You urge and encourage us to wear Your meekness as a garment of honour and Christian virtue, and that we have the promise of inheriting the earth with You. In Your majestic, holy name, Lord Jesus, thank You. Amen.

About the author:

Rosemary Renninson
Westbury, Victoria, Australia

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