Beatitudes – The Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 (NIV)

Read: Matthew 5:1-12

Consider: In many people’s minds they equate ‘meekness’ with ‘weakness’. The first line of Charles Wesley’s hymn ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’ puts meekness and mildness together and to the world this would seem to be good description of Jesus.

However, if we think about the life of Jesus and look at the gospel accounts we come to a different conclusion. When Jesus drove the money-changers out of the temple in Jerusalem (John 2:13-17) he certainly wasn’t meek or mild (as the world understands it). He displayed a righteous anger at how the temple was being wrongly used. When Jesus spoke against the religious leaders of his day, he spoke very forthrightly and the language he used would leave his hearers in no doubt about his inner strength and resolve. So we should not see meekness as weakness.

I like this description of the meek (paraphrased from Matthew Henry’s Commentary):
The meek are those who quietly submit themselves to God, to his word … who follow his directions … and are gentle towards all men; who bear provocation without being inflamed by it; are either silent, or return a soft answer; and who show their displeasure when necessary, but don’t go over the top in their response; who can be cool when others are hot … They are meek, who are easily pacified; and who would rather forgive twenty injuries than revenge one …

Is this a good description of you?

Let’s think for a moment of the opposite characteristic to meekness that the world values. This would be someone who is quick-tempered, quick to defend themselves and when hurt by anyone, their thoughts would be consumed by thoughts of revenge. They would generally overreact to small, unimportant things, yet remain unmoved by the significant injustices in the world.

Hopefully you can now see why God values meekness, but doesn’t see it as weakness.

Pray: Father, may we have a real desire to be Christlike in our witness to the world. Mould our characters so that meekness is an attribute that comes naturally to us. Amen

Every blessing