Meekness

The last few months, I have not been able to leave the Beatitudes, specifically Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the  earth”. What is meekness? Every time I heard the word meekness, I would usually define as humility. Meekness definitely has aspects of humility, but that’s not all it is. Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the Old Testament, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to be their defender against injustice. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Gal 5:23). The struggle to strive to become meek, has been a wrestle. I’m not one to allow anyone else in my life defend me, yet God. Usually my first thought when falsely accused is to immediately defend myself. Meekness says to surrender the entire situation, allow God to defend me and in all things He is good. If anything, meekness takes more self control and inner strength, than to retaliate and defend myself. Meekness within itself speaks so much into the character of who God is and how much my character needs work. It takes little to no effort for me to begin a fight, retaliate and defend myself. It takes every strength within my being to sit silently to allow God to be my defender as people speak ill against me. It is the character of the Christian that makes them so different from the world.  Truly, we live in an upside down reality. Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, hung on a cross and willing took in the suffering of humanity. The most powerful being chose to practice such self control, because in a blink of an eye, Jesus could have ended His suffering. This is meekness at a whole other level. Meekness is not weakness. 

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