“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: “
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 Though “dictionary.com” says it is obsolete, I really think definition number three is on the mark.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 What is obsolete is humility and patience.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,
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