“God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” Matthew 5:5
This is the next in the line of the beatitudes. If we look close at the beatitudes, we see a progression of what it is about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:4 talks about Godly sorrow. This beatitude tells us how we are to act in the world. We are to be humble. Just as Jesus was humble. We should be in the process of becoming more like Jesus. If we are to do this, we must be humble.
Most people don’t understand the meaning of meekness. They have the idea that meekness is weakness. We live in a world that worships power and rejects any evidence of weakness. This may be the reason that many successful people will have little or nothing to do with the Christian faith. They have heard about Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, and they want nothing to do with Him. The ladder of success in today’s world is climbed with heavy steps; there is no place for timidity.
Meekness is not weakness or timidity. Meekness is power under control. Jesus faced many dangerous and difficult situations and came through victorious because He exercised power under control. This control is called patience. “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (Proverbs 16:32) Being meek is loving others and honoring them. “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10)
How can we tell if we are meek? Are we exercising self-control? Is our power under control? The best way to tell if we are meek is our attitude. What is your attitude toward circumstances of your life? When Jesus spoke this beatitude, He was quoting Psalm 37. Read Psalm 37 and it will show you about being meek. The normal thing to do when people attack you is to get angry, fret over it, and fight back, but this is not what Jesus tells us to do. Meek people submit themselves and their enemies to God and let Him handle the problem. When you find yourself fretting because of people or circumstances, you can be sure that you have lost your meekness.
We need to make a choice. Will we submit in the difficulties of life and cultivate meekness or will we rebel and produce hardness? It is our choice!