Matt 5.05 Blessed Are the Meek

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  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) Meekness is not an easy word to define for it encompasses so many things.Unfortunately many people imagine it to be a weakness. It has beenconfused with being wishy-washy, as being indecisive and timid. A personwho is so unsure of himself that he could be pushed over by a hard slap by awet noodle.But all these is eactly what meekness is not. Meekness is a controlleddesire to see the other!s interests advance ahead of one!s own. f puttingothers first instead of us.According to #umbers $%&', Moses was the meekest man who ever livedand his meekness is demonstrated by the fact that he would rather have (oddestroyed him that for )im to destroy his people on account of their sins.*he (reek word from which we translate the word +meek! from is the word+  praus !. *he meaning of the word however is so great and comprehensivethat it defies translation.Meekness first and foremost means the mastery of self as well as themastery of one!s anger and passion. roverbs $&'% describes this well, )ethat is slow to anger is better than the mighty/ and he that rule his spirit better than he who con0uer a city.1 aul said in 2phesians 3&%, Be angryand sin not.1It may be used to describe an animal which has been tamed anddomesticated and which has become sub4ect to control. 5or eample, that of a horse which has been broken in and which has become obedient to therider.*he man who is meek feels anger on the right grounds, against the right persons, in the right manner, at the right moment, and for the right length of time.6hen anger is for our own sake, it is always wrong. 6hen anger is for thesake of others, it is often right. 6hen we look at 7esus, we never see himangry at the insults and bad treatment he often received. Simon SiewSoutheast Asia Union Mission 1  But we see his eyes glint with anger when he chased the money-changersaway from the *emple 8ourt for their eploitation of those poor pilgrimswho have come to worship.*he meek man also has the ability to bear reproaches and slights withmoderation and does not embark on revenge 0uickly. )e is not easily provoked to anger but is free from bitterness and contentiousness, havingtran0uility and stability in the spirit. *he meek man sees himself and all others as under (od. 9ince he is also poor in spirit, he does not think more highly of himself than he ought to.*herefore he is able to relate well to others. At the personal level, we areoften too concerned with 4ustifying ourselves rather than edifying our  brother.Individually each man tends to assume without thinking, that he is the center of the universe/ therefore he relates poorly to the  billion others whounfortunately are also labouring under the same delusion.+)uman nature is ever struggling for epression, ready for contest/ but hewho learns of 8hrist is emptied of self, or pride, of love of supremacy : there is silence in the soul. 9elf is yielded to the disposal of the )oly 9pirit.!+*hen we are not anious to have the highest place. 6e have no ambition tocrowd and elbow ourselves into notice/ but we feel that our highest place isat the feet of our 9aviour.!  Mount of Blessings page 15 +It was through the desire for self-ealtation that sin entered into the worldand our first parents lost the dominion over this fair earth, their kingdom. Itis through self-abnegation that 8hrist redeems what was lost. *hroughhumility and self-surrender, we may become heirs with )im when the meek shall inherit the earth.!  Mount of Blessings page 16  .+It is the love of self that destroys our peace. 6hile self is all alive, we standready continually to guard it from mortification and insult/ but when we aredead, and our life is hid with 8hrist in (od, we shall not take neglects or slights to heart. 6e shall be deaf to reproach and blind to scorn and insult.!  Mount of Blessings page 16  . Simon SiewSoutheast Asia Union Mission 2  *here are % very important facts about the (reek understanding of this greatvirtue of  praotes  ;meekness<.a.It is the virtue of the man who acts with gentleness, when he has in his power to act with stern severity. It is used of a king who might haveeercised vengeance on a rebellious people who has been defeated butwho instead treated them with kindliness. *hough having the upper hand, he does not use it. b.In (reek thought, the virtue of  praotes  is again and again associatedwith strength.  Praotes  is not the gentleness which has its sources inweakness, indifference, or in fear but it is the gentleness of strength.5or this matter, meekness is often mentioned in the Bible as a cardinal8hristian virtue. $ eter '&3 says that a +meek ;gentle< spirit is in the sightof (od of great value.! $ *imothy &$$ asks us to aim at meekness and(alatians =&%' describes meekness as one of the fruits of the )oly 9pirit.)e who is meek is a man who gives to (od the perfect trust, obedience andsubmission, who like 7esus said, not as I will but as thou will1 Matthew%&'>.?et it is 7esus himself who can ever say with integrity, 8ome to me, all youwho are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. *ake my yoke uponyou and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart and you find restfor your souls! Matthew $$&%@.It is certain that the meek do not now inherit the earth but the proud and self-assertive but nevertheless in due time, the kingdoms of this world will begiven to the saints, to those who have learned the grace of humility andmeekness. 9ays 8hrist, those who humbled themselves will be ealted.Matthew %'&$%. Simon SiewSoutheast Asia Union Mission 3
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