Meek?…

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

But:

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

Meek is

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:

No more

No less

The paradox is –  then you receive all?

        irony?

And the underlying principle is as I decrease He increases.  When He increases I have access to all.

2 thoughts on “Meek?…

  1. I cannot emphasize how important I believe this trait (meekness) to be. Unless I am mistaken (and I sincerely ask for scriptures showing otherwise), Matthew 11:29 is the ONLY scripture where Jesus himself describes his “personality.” (Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.)

    There are scriptures about Him, God is a merciful God, etc., but this is the only time I can find where He Himself describes Himself. If this is the word He chooses to use in describing Himself and why we should yoke to Him, it is worthy of our deepest contemplation. Especially in a generation where we all take (and encourage)so much pride in so many things.

  2. I especially liked the definition for meek that states: mildness of disposition

    This gives me a picture of someone whose buttons cannot be pushed. They truly exemplify what James talks about, quick to listen……slow…to …respond…. that colors meek for me.
    Thanks for the comment, Charlotte.

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