Blessed… The Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5, New Revised Standard Version).

Well folks, I am back. The hand is coming along nicely. Thank you for your prayers. The doctor said everything looks good. I no longer am sporting the big bandage which makes things like typing a great deal easier.

If anyone has ever accused me of being meek, I can’t remember it. I guess I won’t be inheriting the earth any time soon.

I wasn’t exactly sure what the word meant so I went out on “dictionary.com” and looked it up. Here is what I found: “1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others. 2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame. 3. Obsolete. gentle; kind.”

Just in a quick look I think we can assume Jesus did not mean number 2. I don’t think we are called to be “spiritless.” While we are to be submissive to God, compliant to God, I also don’t think these are on mark because we could always be overly submissive or compliant to the world. I don’t think that is what Jesus had in mind.

That leaves definitions 1 and 3. Humbly patient I think fits but not docile and definitely under provocation from others. Though “dictionary.com” says it is obsolete, I really think definition number three is on the mark. I do believe we are called to be gentle and kind.

These days we live in a world that is, to use a more modern phrase, “in your face.” We live in a world that has a great deal of fear. When people are afraid (even of they won’t admit it) they often react in ways that are far from kind. The result has become, a great deal of anger and a shortage of kindness. Without question there is also a lack of humility and patience.

I find it interesting that we claim to be a “Christian Nation,” yet we are a nation that seems to have lost its way on some pretty basic Christian values. We are far from patient with each other. We lack gentleness. Kindness is in very short supply. What seems to me to be obsolete is not gentleness and kindness from the definition of the word meek. What is obsolete is humility and patience. I put myself right in the middle of this one. I tend to lack patience all too much of the time. I am all too often far from gentle and not very kind. I am decidedly not a very humble person. I guess that would mean all those people who have never said I was meek, well, they seem to be right on target.

What I also think it means is that there is a lack of love. How can we claim to love our neighbor when we lack humility, patience, gentleness and kindness. We really need to be more than that. I really need to be more than that.

The simple truth is, if I don’t learn to humbly patient, gentle and kind, I can’t really expect to inherit the earth.

How do you show your meekness to the world? I pray you do it better than I.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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