The Lifestyles of the Healed and Healthy
Meek is Not Weak
Scripture: Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
For many people, the word meek is the same as weak. In our society, loud and large egos seem to rule. In our present world this may seem true, but, this is only temporary. Those who portray a loud confidence are soon found to be covering up an inner sense of inadequacy. Those that push and yell their way through life may win some battles, but ultimately, they lose the war! Because life is about healthy relationships, we must take a different approach to others around us. Jesus summarized it in our beatitude “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
The word meek refers to a quiet strength. A meek person, as Jesus taught, has controlled power! Jesus demonstrated this meekness in His daily life! Once, while walking toward Jerusalem, He and His disciples needed to pass through a Samaritan town. As the story develops, we see that the townspeople refused to allow these Jews to pass through and told the disciples to take the long way around. Knowing the power of Jesus, the disciples had wanted to call down fire and brimstone on this community! Jesus rebuked them and, thus, showed them a better way to handle difficult situations. Yes, Jesus was meek, but far from weak! He understood the power and strength of “overcoming evil with good!” (Romans 12:21)
God is calling us to follow this way of meekness! Don’t be afraid – it does not lead us to becoming “doormats” to those around us! On the contrary, it demonstrates the power of God in us – self-control over the fleshly impulses. Others will see it and want it!
Father, with your help I will walk in meekness today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.