The Power of Meekness
This week we study the third beatitude taught by Jesus while preaching on the mountain: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)
Meekness is a topic not preached often. It does not tickle the ears, arouse the emotions, or make one feel empowered. Most people do not eagerly anticipate and make time to hear a podcast, sermon, workshop, or bible study on meekness. Snappy slogans on leadership, finances, victory, and prosperity – yes! Meekness – no!
Those who forfeit an understanding and practice of meekness (gentleness) are living beneath their spiritual privileges. A person who walks in ultimate control of himself is meek (not weak) because it takes “great strength to be gentle. Gentleness is the opposite of abrasiveness, and it flows from that kind of confident strength that is the opposite of arrogance. The man who is secure in his love for God does not need to intimidate but can be kind and humble…” (ligonier.org). God rewards meekness.
Biblical Examples of Meekness
Abraham was chosen to be the father of many nations, but he still sought to keep peace between his herdsmen and Lot’s. (Gen 13:7-9). He could have pulled rank as the chosen one and the older one and made Lot leave that area of the country, but he showed kindness. He was meek when he could have been large- and-in-charge. God entered into an everlasting covenant with Abraham which is still in effect to this day.
David was God’s chosen to replace Saul whom God rejected because of disobedience. David was a mighty warrior and a great leader, but also meek. When Saul was killed, David did not rejoice. He tore his clothes, wept, mourned, and fasted for the man who had tried to kill him. This is the behavior of a powerful man whose heart is meek and humble before God. God exalted David to be the greatest King Israel ever had.
Reward of Meekness
There are rewards for practicing meekness (power under control).
Abundant peace – “But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace” (Psalm 37:11).
Rest for your souls – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
Fruit of the Spirit – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22),
The Lord will lift you up – “The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground” (Psalm 147:6).
Inherit the earth – “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)
Gentleness, kindness, and meekness are touted and widely practiced in yoga, self-care, and mindfulness circles. I do not hear it discussed in Christian gatherings often. If the true meaning of the power of meekness and its rewards were understood maybe the saints would not split churches; form social, economic, racial cliques; or form a raging mob to storm the Capital in the name of Jesus. Maybe we could inherit the earth with Godly love, unity, and equality. Maybe.
What do you think about the power of meekness? Join the conversation.
Dr. Dorothy J. Haire
Author & Blogger
Both church planter and pastor of Bread of Life Christian Church for the last 18 years, Dr. Haire is a beloved mother and successful author. Empowered to deliver the word of God to His people, Dr. Haire uses her digital platform to educate and develop Christian communities that are rooted in the word of Christ.