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Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
This word “meek,” often translated “gentle,” means to be humble, to be comfortable in your own skin, to be considerate of others. It starts in the heart, spreads to nurture a healthy identity, and shows itself in action. “Meek” describes a person who is not jealous, judgmental, boastful or arrogant. A meek person is never a self-promoter.
Meekness is not a natural trait. Have you ever known a child who was not demanding? Have you ever heard a newborn say, “Hey, don’t worry about getting up in the middle of the night for me. Let’s just hold off the feeding and diaper change until morning.” By nature we are selfish and want our own way, but Jesus changes things.
Meekness is not weakness. It does not describe a lack of ability or self-confidence. It is best described as strength under control. It describes a life willing to submit to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Meekness flows from the heart and will inherit the good things that God has for His children.
Father, help me to be meek. Help me demonstrate strength under control. Help me put off selfishness. Forgive me for being jealous, judging others, and exhibiting arrogance. Point out the times when I try to promote myself. Control me with Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.