“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. – Matthew 5:5
What does it mean to be meek?
The word meek from the original language was used to describe reigning in a stallion. It is the idea of a horse being controlled by a bit and bridle. The horse is choosing to submit to authority. That is meekness. It is power under constraint. Meekness always uses its resources appropriately, unlike the out-of-control emotions that so often are destructive and have no place in our lives as believers. Meekness characterizes our Lord Jesus Christ. He always defended God’s glory and ultimately gave Himself in sacrifice for others. Jesus didn’t lash back when criticized or treated unjustly, but He did respond fittingly and firmly when God’s honor was profaned or His truth was perverted or neglected. Jesus exemplified meekness. He said “…learn from me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble in heart”. Follow Him and you will also demonstrate meekness, or gentleness as the fruit of a Spirit-filled life.
Questions for reflection
When was a time you needed to learn meekness? Where do you see God’s meekness today?
Read Ephesians 4:23 and Philippians 2: 1-4. What role does meekness play in our relationships and why is it needed?
How can we live out the Third Beatitude?
- Humbly come before God in prayer and ask for meekness.
- Meekness exhibits behaviors and attitudes of compassion, gentleness, charity, forgiveness and kindliness. Think of ways you can practice these behaviors and attitudes this week.
- Take time before you form judgements.
- Remember how much you have been forgiven.
Father, I pray today that you would draw me into meekness. I pray that you would remind me of the gift of gentleness, that you would show me through Jesus how to live in love each day. Guard my speech, that the words I say would be life-giving and glorifying to you. I am so grateful for your refining fire in my live. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.