“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Meekness has always been misunderstood as weakness because of its quiet, humble, submissive, non-violent nature.
“Back then it was a term denoting true inner strength under control.”
— Chuck Swindoll
But what if someone insults you? Violates you? Bullies you? Falsely accuses you? Hits you?
Notice some of the greatest leaders who suffered severely – Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Jose Rizal, and the greatest leader of all, Jesus Christ. They were great examples of meekness but they far from weak. They had an iron hand, but they had great self-control. It was through their meekness that they were able to show real strength and power, that they were able to change history.
The word meek…has been weakened by the line in the children’s hymn “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild.” He was meek but was far from mild. The impression the hymn leaves is that Jesus was rather weak and ineffective. In fact, He was the very reverse of weak….Meekness is no spineless quality.
This virtue challenges the world’s standards.
“Stand up for your rights!”
“The world is yours if you can get it.”
Jesus said, on the contrary, that the world is yours if you renounce it.
The meek, not the aggressive, inherit the earth.
The meek have an inheritance. The worldly have no future.
— J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Discipleship
This virtue should go hand in hand with the next “be” attitude –
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Meekness does not hunger and thirst for power and position.
Meekness does not hunger and thirst for nice things.
Meekness hungers and thirsts for meekness.
To be used by God and to do what’s right in His eyes.
This is real happiness.