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Today's Devotional Reading
Blessed Are The Meek

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But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Psalms 37:11).

A gentle spirit, a kind heart, a genuine interest in the needs and concerns of others: these are the markings of the meek. They are slow to anger, self-sacrificing and available to listen. They are the kind of people that we like to be around. They do not make us feel threatened, but loved. They do not seem to be preoccupied with things of themselves, but are able to push aside self-interests to be there for someone else. They are the kind of people we would like to be more like as Christians. For in them we see a true spirit of meekness to the likeness of the heart of Christ.
I have heard meekness defined as "power under control." While I like that definition, I would assert another, that being that meekness in its purest form is "power in control." For where we would view power in terms of an ability to control another or a group, we find that the truest power was embodied in our Lord Jesus, and that power was demonstrated through service to others. I say that this is "power in control" because it is the demonstration of the true power, which is of God, being in control of a man's spirit. For if the spirit of the man is in power, meekness has no place in his heart.
The meek are blessings to our lives. Jesus tells us that the meek are blessed. We are fortunate to have them in our lives as it seems that the blessings that are on them spill over frequently into the lives of us who are around them, and who are fortunate to call them our friends.
We describe them with such phrases as, "He would do anything for you," or "She is always ready to listen. And really cares." But this is not to glorify them. For they would be the first to push away recognition form themselves--it is the nature of the meek. Instead, we glorify the Lord who makes His Spirit so apparent in the lives of those who follow in His footsteps of meekness. I do not know a better way to describe them than to say that as we look into their faces and into their eyes, we see a reflection of the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus. In spending time with them, it becomes evident who resides in their hearts--it is the Spirit of the living God.
Some of us would like to see meekness as a temperament or personality trait. But this does us no good. For then we might see our need to be meek as an impossibility because it is not a part of who we are. Seeing meekness as a personal characteristic would also wrongly give credit to the person who is meek, as though he or she is meek in and of themselves. Some people may have a predisposition toward meekness, yet it is the Spirit of Christ in us that brings true meekness. Some of us may have a difficult time being meek. To this we must say, "We all have our natural strengths and weaknesses." Yet it is the supernatural, powerful meekness of Christ in us that will bring out the spirit of meekness in each of us. To transliterate a verse in James, "If any of you lack [meekness], let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Though it is foolishness to the world, meekness is a beautiful manifestation of God's power--and it is still one which will draw a lost world to a loving Lord. Let us consider the possibilities and ask God for meekness.

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