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Meek or Meekness

Sadly, especially for males, the words spoken by Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount...among the beatitudes...are often a turn-off, at least about the meek inheriting the earth. The word from Jesus in the King James translation of the Bible for bridled strength is meek. When I think of my partner, strong and as unrelenting toward a worthy goal as the movement of a glacial ice mass, yet talent, skill, authority, and  strength personified (yet wonderfully and unfailingly bridled), I see the real meaning of meekness. I really like the following explanation of meekness by Rev. Tony Evans in his free monthly devotional booklet, "Today's Alternative", for May/June 2002, p33:

"The idea of meekness or gentleness is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible. To most people, meekness or gentleness is a cowering timidity, a synonym for weakness."

"Of course, the fact that Jesus referred to Himself as gentle ought to put an end to that idea: 'Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.' (Matthew 11:29) The Savior was neither cowering or weak."

"It's helpful to understand that this word gentleness [meekness in the KJV] was also used to describe a wild horse that had been brought under control. A wild horse doesn't do anybody any good because it will buck its rider off, refuse a bit and bridle, and fight against a saddle or harness."

"But when a powerful, wild horse has been tamed by a skilled trainer, it can be ridden or harnessed. The animal is still as strong as it was when it was wild, but that strength is [now] under control."

"Similarly, a person of gentleness is one whom God has trained and brought into His service. Gentleness is the ability to love when you feel like hating, to forgive when you feel like getting revenge. Its the ability to submit to the will of God even when that's not your natural propensity."

"The promise to gentle people is that they will inherit the earth: 'Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.'"

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