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The Beatitudes – Part 3

The Third Beatitude: Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth

The word meek, defined by Wikipedia, means having or showing a quiet and gentle nature: not wanting to fight or argue with other people. Jesus Christ was a meek and humble man. He definitely was not weak but he chose His battles. Individuals who like to argue may think that Christians are weak because they refuse to be bated into a fight.   It is important that we allow the Holy Spirit to help us quell the old nature and allow meekness to be manifested. We are promised that if we do this, then we will be the beneficiaries of the earth in the world to come. The natural man loves to fight, but the spirit–led individual allows the Holy Ghost to take control. When fighting is necessary, however, every Saint is ready for warfare. But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 6:4. Let this be a warning to the devil and all unsaved: Never take our meekness for weakness. We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10.

Scenario I. A young woman and her husband drove into one of the automated car wash units and discovered that someone was already in the unit. They stopped their car and prepared to wait until the individual ahead was finished. Suddenly, a female driver came speeding into queue, pulled right ahead of the couple and stopped her vehicle. “Really”, thought the young wife. “It was obvious that we were already in line but she did not seem to care. We need to do something to make her aware of her mistake.” By this time the young wife was breathless she was so angry. She turned to her husband and said, “What are we going to do, honey? Are we going to blow our horn at her, pull up really close behind her or get out and tell her how wrong she was for doing that?” Her wise and meek husband said, ”We are going to do nothing”. We can take that. The young wife, saved and full of the Holy Ghost, realized that her meek husband was right. She needed to think before acting on impulse and doing something that would perpetuate a fight. Even when the actions of others are wrong sometimes the meek individual has to take the high road to avoid an argument or worse.

There are times in our lives when we are required by God to be quiet when others are ranting, keep our mouths closed when we really want to rant or to decide to try and understand the other individual’s point of view. Sometimes it is better to understand others than to be understood. Often when two people have a disagreement about a particular topic, the goal of each is to get their point across. Neither party is listening because they are mentally framing their next argument. When an individual has a very strong opinion about a particular point, to avoid further confusion, it may be necessary to agree with your adversary while you are in the way with him… Matt. 5:25 or just remain silent. You may know within your heart of hearts that you are right, but in order to avoid confusion you may have to allow the other individual’s point to be the last one made, close the conversation out and walk away. That point was clearly made in this encounter that was described by a Saint on Facebook in December 2015.

She wrote: “That moment when you get blasted in the break room on your lunch break because someone decides to come up to YOU and is angry about how you live your own life and they decide to full out yell at you in front of other people because they don’t understand but insist that since they’re about 15 years older that they know more about The bible and believe in Jesus and God but don’t believe in all of the bible. Wait….so you’re telling me…everything that isn’t in red you say you don’t believe because apparently Jesus didn’t say it? Wait but you believe that the ones who quoted him and wrote it are telling the truth but don’t believe what they write from God? Lol….okay. You believe scripture contradicts itself? Well that has ended this conversation because you don’t even understand scripture so u say it’s contradicting…. of course…IT’S obviously the problem and not your understanding…. (obviously) Guys I let this person get all their words out….I let them speak even though half the time they were talking over me while yelling, hitting the tables, walking around getting angry while I sat and gave scripture because scripture will always stand….but they don’t even believe in all scripture? Yet tried to use scripture on me to tell me how they are obedient to God yet they can’t live holy? So where did this go? I may have looked like a defenseless little lamb to this person because I wasn’t up yelling and arguing back and showing anger but thank God for control. I don’t usually rant about stuff that’s happened like this but goodness gracious!”

I made the following comment on this young woman’s post: You were a perfect example of the definition of meekness. So proud of you.

Readers, how would you have handled one or both of the above situations if you were in the place of the two young women?