The Strength of Meekness

In continuing the Beatitudes series we now look at the third one (Matt. 5:5), blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. John MacArthur in his bible commentary explain the meek. “Meekness is the opposite of being out of control, it is not weakness, but rather supreme self-control empowered by the spirit (Gal. 5:23).”[1] There is a misconception in the world today that say only the strong survive, that to be nice or gentle is a sign of weakness, and the aggressive that climb the ladder of success by knocking down everyone in their path are entitled to lead and rule the world and nice guys always finish last. We seem to forget that when Christ first came to the earth he did not come as a warrior king conquering. He first came as a suffering servant who was meek, kind, patient, humble and willing to serve. Jesus described himself as giving us rest from our weariness and heavy burdens and He explains that He is gentle, and humble in heart (Matt. 11:28-29). Being meek can be considered a weakness or disadvantage as far as the world goes, Jesus says that the Lord takes delight in his people and crowns them with salvation (Psa. 149:4). We should put God’s will and purpose for our lives before our own desires.

When we look at the meek inheriting the earth we can also look at (Psa. 37:11) which talk also of the meek inheriting the land. Wilkins explains the gentle person, “Jesus exemplifies best what it means to be gentle. It takes tremendous strength to bring others into God’s will, but when that strength is coupled with a selfless nonassertiveness, it produces a gentle person who can patiently endure much to bring about God’s purpose for His people.”[2] We have to keep in mind that we are not saving anyone, we plant seeds in peoples lives and God orchestrates all events for his glory, purpose and will.

There is a promise of a new heaven and new earth that will be inherited by the meek (Rev. 21:1), also (2 Peter 3:13), and (Isa. 65:17) speak of the new heaven and new earth that will come down to be inherited. Salvation is the important first step in having a relationship with Christ. The assurance of salvation is believing in Jesus (John 11:25), calling upon the name of the Lord (Act 2:21), and by God’s grace we are saved by faith and not by anything we can do ourselves to earn our way to heaven (Eph. 2:8-9). The evidence is we become new creations (2 Cor. 5:17), our desire becomes to follow Christ and let his will and purpose take over in our lives for His glory. The security of our salvation is knowing that our sins are forgiven and they become white a snow (Isa. 1:18), not meaning that we will never sin again, but the blood of Christ has washed them white as snow. We are born again (John 3:3-7), and God sent his Son out of love, for us to earth to die on the cross so that we may be saved and have eternal life. Not to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him John 3:16-17.  God Bless,

Pastor Ken

[1]. John MacArthur, The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2005), 1129.

            [2]. Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary: Mathew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 207.


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