You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
Wow, how do we arrive at a consistent understanding of this statement? And is it tied to our selfish natures?
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.- ESV
Those who are humble are happy, because the earth will belong to them. NCV
God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. -NLT
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. – MSG
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth – ASV
Happy are the gentle: for the earth will be their heritage. – BBE
“How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!k – CJB
Blessed are those who are gentle. They will inherit the earth -GW
“Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! – GNT
Blessed are the humble, For they shall inherit the eretz HNV
Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth -CSB
Blessed are those who are free of pride. They will be given the earth.- NIRV
In the beginning: decreased pride, decreased self – insured dominion over the earth
The fall: increased pride, led to disobedience ( ‘I can’ factor) and the result was to be thrown out of the garden to toil the earth rather than receive it
Gentleness of spirit, mildness of disposition
Accepting God’s dealings with us as good, and so not resisting or disputing…
Wholly relying on God rather than your own strength to defend against injustice. ( our selfish nature cries how can a loving God create evil?)
Meekness towards evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in time.
Gentleness or meekness is opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God –this individual is not occupied with self at all–this involves the work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will
So…there is a connection between this verse and our selfish nature. Jesus in one statement said all this…
Content with who you are:
The paradox is – then you receive all?
And the underlying principle is as I decrease He increases. When He increases I have access to all.