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Matthew 5:5

New International Version

5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

How meek do you really think you are? The word meek is the Greek word praus, which means gentle; the positive moral quality of dealing with people in a kind manner, with humility and consideration (Strong's Concordance). This virtue refers to those who are willing to share and sacrifice on behalf of others. Conversely, those who seek dominion and will use any means to trample and crush others are the opposite of what God refers to in Scripture. For instance, the Pharisees during Jesus’ day trusted in himself that he was righteous, prayed with himself, and thanked God that he was better than other people. On the other hand, the Publican pleaded for mercy admitting he was a sinner during this same parable.

Consequently, meekness does not mean weakness! It doesn’t mean that we must cower or retreat from our principles, and does not involve the surrender of our rights. Meek men and women of the Bible demonstrated firm resolve, courage, conviction and strength. Furthermore, meekness in our lives as well as toward God’s word, requires speaking out against immoral behavior and wickedness. It demands that we deny ourselves and act on behalf of our family and friends. Meekness is also not a submissive or pacifying state, but rather an active proponent of what we know is right. Remember Jesus fury when He threw the merchants and money changers out of the temple on two separate occasions. Thus, the main point about the meek is not their self control, but rather their absolute faith and trust in God. So to be meek means to always turn to God for help, for direction, for training and for the sheer joy of this blessing.

Go today in meekness with God’s help.

Audrey Gunn

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