Beatitudes 4 - Meekness is power under control..

Beatitudes Part 4

Matthew 5 verse 5

5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

What is meekness?
The Beattitudes

Meekness is not to be confused with being weak, it is about being strong.  It is about power under control. 

Can you imagine how hard it was for Jesus at times, with the way the Pharisees treated others and how they treated him.  It would certainly have made me angry.  But no Jesus was meek.  Jesus was not weak, he had great inner strength to ask difficult awkward questions that nobody else dare ask. 

Jesus was powerful, he had such strength but it was controlled and used to help people.

Meek “praeis” in Greek can be translated to mean mildness, gentleness of spirit, or humility.

But being ‘gentle’ can mean not very strong, it can mean timid or shy and

It could be used to describe someone who can be walked over and bullied.  In our society people don’t respect those that are meek.

A meek person might be thought of as a ‘scaredy cat’.

Who is the meekest man in the bible - it is Jesus, and nobody is braver, stronger or more courageous than him.  After all he went to the cross and died a human death. 

Meekness is humility towards God and towards others.

It is having the right or the power to do something but choosing not to.  Jesus had great power if he wanted it, he could have asked God not to go to the cross, he could have asked the legions of angels to save him.  But Jesus obeyed God, knowing that his death would save humankind.

The meek person puts others before themselves.

Being meek means that you are not a selfish person.  It’s not all about you, and what you want.. It’s not about grabbing something because you want it.. It’s not about demanding your own way..

Being meek means that you share with others, you ask them what they would like, or what they would like to do.

A person isn’t meek when they:

·         Think too highly of themselves,

·         They think they are always right.

·         Wants everyone to do what they want.

A person like this is selfish, conceited, self-important, pushy, obnoxious, arrogant, bullying, superior, stuck-up, smug, vain, proud.

The hardest lesson to learn is:-

·         You don’t know everything,

·         You are not always right

·         It’s often better to co-operate with others, than demand your own way.

·         You are not more important than everyone else.

People aren’t more important than you, but they are equal to you.  If everyone is equal – then we have to work together to make the world a better place after all we are all made in the image of God, and we are all equally loved by God.

When I was in the parish there was something very special about baptising – I used an oil to put the sign of the cross on the forehead of the candidate but before I did that I always explained that the oil symbolised that we are all equal before God, the same oil that was used in baptism was used in a confirmation, an ordination and a coronation.  So, whether we were a baby, an adult, a priest or a king, we are all equal before God.

God gave us ALL the earth to look after, as a gift at the very beginning of creation, and here in this verse we are reminded that as meek humans we don’t conquer the earth, we inherit it.  It’s a valuable gift that we are given due to our interdependence on God and our service to others.

We need to live every day for the glory of God in everything we do, and for the good of others.

For the children:

I wonder if you are a meek person?

I wonder if you know how to use the power you have (we are all powerful) to help others, can you control it?

Can you control your temper, when you can’t get your own way?

Ask the children if they have remote control cars, or motorbikes etc, ask them to bring them in.  They can have a race and make race tracks, and see who can control their cars best.

A remote control car is difficult to control, it goes fast if you just press the one button and goes in the one direction.  It takes time to learn how to control it, but using the buttons and when you do it can do all sorts of great things. 

It is the same with us.   We need to learn to become meek and make the world a better place to live in putting others first.
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About Michelle Bailey

Reverend Michelle Bailey is the Rural Officer for the Bishop of Brecon and Swansea  She previously worked in Children's Ministry and was ordained in the Church of England. Her blog includes ideas on presenting concepts of faith to young children to the age of eleven and furthering faith development in an educational context. Michelle currently lives in Wales and is also developing a rural ministry blog.
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