Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
~ Matthew 5:5
This Sunday, in Pastor Dave's next installment of his 'Beatitudes' series, we took a look at the meek. Pastor Dave led the begining of service as 'Meek Pastor Dave', and we started the sermon time by sharing what we thought the word meek meant. We shared that meek could mean gentle, quiet, easily imposed upon, submissive, humble, teachable, patient under suffering and an attribute of a true disciple. Then we talked about opposites of meek: aggressive, prideful, powerful, bold, strong, confident and arrogant. It was interesting to hear both positive and negative connotations to 'meek' and what society associates the word with.
- The difference between being poor in spirit and meek or gently may be that poverty focuses on our sinfulness whereas meekness focuses on God's Holiness.
- Meekness begins to develop a reliance on God.
- The blessings of the first three beatitudes are for those whoe are realistic about their sin, who are repentant of their sin, and who are responsive to God in his righteousness.
- Meekness is not weakness or the absence of strength/power/courage but instead meekness uses strength, power and courage wisely.
- We looked at Matthew 26 and how Jesus had the power but chose not to use it.
- The courage, strength and conviction of meekness all come from God and not ourselves. The meek have more character than power while the weak have more power than character.
- Just because we have the capacity to do something, doesn't mean we should.
- Emotion out of control can destoy.
- We looked at stories of meekness -- Joseph in Genesis, chapters 37-45 and Elijah and Elisha in 2 Kings.
- Meekness is necessary for salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
- Meekness is necessary because He commanded meekness. (James 1:21)
- Meekness is necessary because we cannot effectively witness without it. (1 Peter 3:15-16)
- Meekness is necessary because only meekness will bring glory to God. Pride seeks its own glory.