Blessed Are the Meek

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September 2022

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) This is the third beatitude. But who wants to inherit the earth? We want to inherit heaven. This is not talking about our eternal inheritance. It is talking about now. So how is it that the meek inherit the earth?

   Who are the meek? They are people who have discovered the great value of loving others above themselves. They are patient, humble, kind and gentle. These are characteristics that we like to find in the people around us. The meek can easily become a friend.   
 
   But the proud are just the opposite. They can only think about themselves and they become impatient with those who do not perform just like they want you to. They are not kind, neither are they gentle. And so they have few friends. 

   The meek person is useful wherever he is. He can soon find something to do because so many people need someone to show them kindness. They can easily find a job because they can be taught. The proud person “knows it all” and he is not easy to work with. He continually finds fault with those around him and above him. 

   Can you see how a meek person inherits the earth? He finds acceptance wherever he goes. Are we saying that a meek person always takes second place? Is it only the proud accretive persons that rule the world? No, there are humble leaders and they are greatly appreciated. Moses was a meek man and he was a great leader. Not all the people under him were meek and they made trouble for him. But he faithfully handled each uprising except once. You can read about that failure in Numbers 20:10-13. 

   A meek leader thinks about the welfare of those under his leadership. Since man, by nature, is selfish, leaders are often self-serving. This usually brings them into disfavor with those that are under their leadership. A meek leader on the other hand is appreciated and honored to the end of his life — he inherits the earth.

   The first two kings of Israel illustrate the difference between a meek king and a proud one. King Saul started out as a humble man, but God later said, “when you were little in your own eyes, you were made king.” That is meekness, remaining little in our own eyes. But Saul became proud and did not feel it necessary to obey God and did many foolish things after that. King David began humbly and remained humble even though he seriously sinned. He never blamed others for his sins. The meek can do wrong, but they are sorry for their wrongs and are forgiven. A proud man does wrong but he tries to justify it or blame someone else. 

   The greatest example of meekness is Jesus. Study His life and note how He inherited the earth. Everywhere He went He found acceptance. It was only the proud religious people who could not stand to have Him around. Their pride caused them to be blind to the perfection of the only Perfect Man that ever lived. 

   Religious pride is just as blinding today. Can we humble ourselves enough to see the work of God where it is? Can we rejoice in the great change that comes into the life of those that open their heart to the Holy Spirit? Can we rejoice when one is delivered from a life of sin? Or do we just ignore it or worse, make fun of it? The fruit of the Holy Spirit is meekness. See Galatians 5:22-23. No man is truly meek until he repents of his pride. 

   “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

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