Meek Is Not Weak

“Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 (NIV)

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)

Many people equate being meek with being weak. One fine example of a meek man who was incredibly strong was the 20th century Indian lawyer and advocate of home rule for India. He led passive resistance against the repressive British laws of his day. After a life of working against ethnic discrimination he was cruelly assassinated. His strength of character was remarkable and his gentle disposition admirable.

Of course, as Christians, we marvel at the magnificent character of our Lord Who said He was “meek and lowly of heart”. Yet when He was challenged by the hypocritical religious leaders, He responded with grace each time. When He was finally arrested, accused of false deeds, viciously mocked, flogged ruthlessly, and ultimately crucified, He did not break. Instead, He prayed that His enemies might be forgiven. As one poet, Isaac Watts wrote;

See from His head His hands His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ere such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a present far too small
Love so amazing so divine
Demands my soul my life my all

Today draw near to this meekest of men Who is also the sovereign of the universe. Ask Him to give you His abiding presence and grace to learn from Him. He patiently waits for you to come to Him, find rest, and enjoy His presence both now and forever. Come, and come now.

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