Title: Blessed are the Meek

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Devotions, Jesus's Recipe For Life

In Matthew 5:5, Jesus continues His Sermon on the Mount with another beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (NKJV). This verse presents a countercultural perspective on power and authority, highlighting the virtue of meekness.

This is one of my personal favourites. In a recent pre baptism Bible study a lady who was a survivor of domestic violence asked me to explain meekness. I told her the opposite to meekness is narcissism. She knew exactly what that meant. Then I had a light bulb moment. This beatitude tells us that it is the meek who shall inherit the earth and not the narcissist who are doing all they can to control us all for their benefit. In this scripture Jesus himself tells us all that in the battle for global oppression….we have already won!

Meekness is often misunderstood as weakness, but in biblical terms, it is a strength under control. It involves humility, gentleness, and a willingness to submit to God’s will. Meekness does not assert itself aggressively but rather trusts in God’s sovereignty and timing.

Jesus pronounces a blessing upon the meek, promising them an inheritance of the earth. This inheritance goes beyond material possessions; it encompasses the blessings of God’s kingdom, including His provision, protection, and presence. The meek are those who recognise that true greatness comes from serving others and faithfully following God’s commands.

This beatitude challenges our cultural norms that exalt assertiveness and self-promotion. It calls us to emulate the example of Jesus, who described Himself as “gentle and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29, NKJV). Meekness fosters unity, fosters peace, and demonstrates trust in God’s faithfulness.

As we reflect on Matthew 5:5, let’s consider these questions:

  • How do I understand and practice meekness in my daily life and interactions with others?
  • In what areas of my life do I struggle to surrender control and trust in God’s plan?
  • How does meekness align with Jesus’ example of servant leadership, and how can I grow in this virtue?

Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father, Papa God we thank You for the blessing of meekness and the promise of inheriting the earth. Teach us to cultivate hearts of humility and gentleness, following the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to trust in Your sovereignty and submit to Your will in all things. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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