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Blessed are the Meek

In a world where strength is often celebrated and assertiveness applauded, the notion of meekness might seem outdated or even weak. But as we delve into the deeper layers of this oft-misunderstood virtue, we uncover a profound truth that resonates across cultures and centuries: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." As Jesus offers this Kingdom teaching, he is revealing the beauty of the Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. A reality that ought to play out in the lives of all participants in the Kingdom of God.


Let's start with the word "meekness." It derives from the Greek word πραΰς "(praus)," which was used to describe the temperament of a wild stallion brought under control. It's not about weakness, but rather strength under control. This imagery paints a vivid picture of meekness as power harnessed, strength tempered by wisdom and humility. This is a picture that describes not only the people of God, but God Himself.



So what does meekness mean for us today, living in a world that often values dominance and self-promotion? It's about embodying a gentle strength, a quiet confidence that doesn't need to assert itself at every turn. Meekness doesn't mean being a doormat or lacking conviction; rather, it's about choosing kindness over pride, patience over impulsiveness, and grace over retaliation.


This work can only be done with a firm belief that God is who He says He is. Meekness rests on the firm foundation that God is in control, despite how things appear or how it may feel. Meekness emerges organically from faith and serves as an embodiment of hope. It is birthed from a place of surrender to the will of God, that he can and will make all things right in His time.




So how do we cultivate meekness in our lives? Here are two ways that you might be able to live this out:


Cultivating Humility in Relationships: Embracing meekness calls for a deliberate cultivation of humility in our interactions with others. This is especially difficult with those we interact with every day (yes, I mean family). This means actively listening to others without rushing to assert our own opinions or agendas. It involves setting aside our pride and ego, instead approaching conversations and conflicts with a willingness to learn and understand. Practically, this might involve pausing before responding in moments of disagreement, seeking to empathize with the perspectives of others, and being open to constructive criticism. By prioritizing humility in our relationships, we create space for mutual respect, empathy, and deeper connections with those around us. What family could use more meekness?



Responding with Grace in Adversity: The beatitude of meekness challenges us to respond with grace and gentleness, even in the face of adversity or conflict. Rather than reacting with anger or retaliation when we encounter challenges or mistreatment, we are called to emulate the patience and forbearance of Jesus. This means choosing release over resentment, extending kindness even to those who haven't earned it, and maintaining a spirit of acceptance and surrender. Practicing grace in adversity allows us to break the cycle of negativity and usher in a new reality marked by Jesus's Kingdom.


Meekness is only produced with intentional effort and attentiveness to your heart posture. If you'd like to cultivate this more in your life, consider working with a spiritual director who can help attend to these deeper longings and give space for the ways God wants to make you more like Christ.

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