Meekness is not weakness

The meaning and use of words change or evolve with time. For example, the Greeks viewed kidneys as the seat of emotion, so one might say, “I love you with all my kidneys.” That sounds weird to us, but not to people in that day. Some years ago, the word “cool” always meant “moderately cold” or “calm”. Today young people talk about someone or something being “cool” implying that they or it is very nice.

This Sunday we will study another of the Beatitudes, the third one, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). It is in this regard that we see how words have taken on a different meaning in our day. The word “meek” is such an example. This word conveys certain ideas that have been coloured by the culture of our day. A meek person is often thought of as someone who is weak or extraordinarily quiet. 

This, however, is not the biblical meaning. A.W. Tozer once wrote, “The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God more important than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything! That is his motto” (from The Pursuit of God).

True meekness is best seen in our Lord Jesus Christ. He was submissive, never resisting or disputing the will of God. His absolute trust in the Father enabled Him to show compassion, courage, and self-sacrifice even in the most hostile situations. He was all-powerful yet self controlled. Meekness is having my total being surrendered to Christ. 

In this Beatitude we will look at how meekness can be our great strength and virtue when it stems from godliness. I encourage you to join us this Sunday at our worship service at 10h30.

Bruce Davie, Pastor/Elder

Preacher: Byron de Klerk, Waypoint Church (IBC, Kaiserslautern), Sermon: “Blessed are the meek” Matthew 5:5


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