Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Our Pride for Christ's Meekness

“Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!” Matthew 5:5 (Amplified)

According to the Amplified Bible the Greek and Hebrew meaning of the word “meek” is the mild, patient and long-suffering. Wow that is definitely different than what the world would like us to believe being meek is.

Over the years we seemed to have gotten the trait of meekness mixed up with other things. We see it in ourselves as being weak while others use it as an opportunity to treat the meek as some kind of a doormat-- there to walk on.

When you think of Jesus you see the characteristic of someone who was mild, patient, and unquestionably long-suffering. There was nothing about Jesus that represented someone who was weak who allowed others to walk all over Him. Jesus was strong, yet patient, mild yet stern, tolerant yet intolerant of certain things. He knew what He stood for and was willing to stand by that.

We don’t have to be “tough” to be a strong person, as the world would like us to accept as true. We can be strong and meek at the same time as our Lord and Savior was as we walk in His footsteps. Once we see that we can see it is a blessed, happy, blithesome, joyous, and spiritually prosperous thing to be meek.

According to Jesus those who carry this trait will inherit the earth. Psalm 37:11 adds to that by stating they will not only inherit the earth but they also shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. I’m not sure what anyone would do with the inheritance of the earth but I do know we could all use the abundance of peace promised.

In other words, the Lord has rewards for those who are meek, humble, timid, submissive, gentle, and modest and it’s not to be a doormat but to be one that has access to the Door---Jesus Christ to be like Him, to walk as He walked, to behave as He behaved. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to exchange our pride for the meekness of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father forgive us Lord when we tend to fall into the world’s mold of meek instead of the one that you have established in Your Word. Holding tightly on to our pride thinking its something we need more than Your meekness. May we keep our focus on You and how You handled this so we may do the same on a daily basis, amplifying in ourselves a strong trait we see in You to use as a witness for those around us. Amen.

© 2007 by Karen J. Gillett

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