Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
This word “meek,” often translated “gentle,” means to be humble, to be comfortable in your own skin, to be considerate of others. It starts in the heart, then spreads to a healthy identity. “Meek” describes a person who is not jealous, judgmental, boastful, or arrogant. A meek person is never a self-promoter.
Meekness is not a natural trait. Have you ever known a child who was not demanding? Have you ever heard a newborn say, “Hey, don’t worry about getting up in the middle of the night. Let’s just hold off the feeding and diaper change until morning”? By nature, we are selfish and want our own way. But Jesus transforms us.
Meekness is not weakness. It does not describe a lack of ability or confidence. It is best described as strength under control. It’s a life willing to submit to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Meekness flows from the heart and will inherit the good things that God has for his children.
Talking to God
Father, help me to be meek. Help me demonstrate strength under control. Help me put off selfishness. Forgive me for jealousy, judging others and arrogance. Point out the times when I try to promote myself. Control me with your Holy Spirit. Help me teach (show and tell) true humility to my children and grandchildren. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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