Bible Chat #4

Matthew 5-5

Meekness. This is not a word that I hear in the every day English and not a topic I hear taught on either. Meekness is something that a concept that differs from humility. Sometimes when thinking about meekness, we assume humility in its place. Let me explain a few things about what meekness really 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 defend against injustice.  Gentleness/ 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). How upside down is the Kingdom in comparison to what I think is right. Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”. There is a cause and effect to this verse. To put it simply, if you are meek the earth is your inheritance. In Numbers 12:3, God speaks of the meekness of Moses, “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.” For God to call Moses meek means that Moses was a man who knew how to trust God, rely on Him completely and who knows that  God is good in everything. It was the meekness of Moses that granted Him access to walk up mount Sanai and enter in the glory of God. Well, if you are not Moses and are like me, you have failed at least at 2/3 of these things on a daily basis. Sometimes these topics don’t require an immediate response, but a long period of meditating on His word. The topic of meekness causes me to check my own heart and ask the difficult questions. Here are some questions to ask yourself;  do I believe that God is good? In every situation? Do I trust God to be my defender? Do I trust him to bring the unjust to justice? Am I gentle/meek or self-assertive and self-interested in how I respond? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you become meeker.

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