Friday

Inherit

The meek will inherit the earth, Mt. 5:5, Eph. 4:2
image: Billy Frank Alexander
Meekness ...
not a popular word in today's self-esteem culture.

But it's a popular word in God's Book.

Sometimes translated "gentleness" (Ephesians 4:2), meekness makes a person sensitive to the feelings of others, but not sensitive to their own (i.e. not easily offended). Meek people aren't peevish, proud, or self-focused. They're God-esteemers and God-servers not self-esteemers and self-servers.

In our world, the self-assertive, self-assured, self-promoters inherit the treasures.

But there's a separate Kingdom on earth, strategically preparing to rule all of history and eternity. The meek are leaders in that Kingdom and they will inherit that Kingdom's treasures (Matthew 5:5).

Unfortunately, few of us are genuinely meek.

I'm not.

I'm too easily offended at times, too self-focused and self-dependent. I need to pray more, trust more, die to self more.

If you can identify with any of these sins, join me today in praying for meekness.

Let's inherit!

4 comments:

  1. Another stumbling block of mine! I am definitely sensitive towards others, but also get my feelings hurt easily and think too much of myself. Not every day, but I have prayed for God to infuse me with HIS ways and his love for others. I'm getting there; I see progress at least. But I have a long way to go. Great post today, Gail!

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    1. Hi Gail,
      I actually needed to reread this devotion on meekness several times this week. I often write about things that I need to hear more than anyone!
      Gail : )

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  2. Thank you for this refreshing reminder that we are not called to conform to the ill-fitting ways of this world. We are not failures because we don't operate by the world's self-aggrandizing methods.
    May God continue to bless you in your ministry.

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    1. Thank you, Joanie, for your encouragement and your additional insights.
      Gail : )

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