Thought of the Day July 22, 2019 Strength of meekness

By 9:32 AM

While the world says: “Happy are those who have power over others”, Jesus says :”Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.”   

A popular dictionary offers a secondary definition of meek as “too submissive; easily imposed on; spineless; spiritless.”

In contrast, Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines meekness as “an attitude of humility toward God and gentleness toward men, springing from a recognition that God is in control. It is strength and courage under control, coupled with kindness.” Thus, Jesus is meek and humble of heart. Though he had the power of God, he showed love and compassion. 

The Greek word for meek has a twofold meaning: strong as iron, yet gentle as a feather. 

As writer Sam Whatley explains in a River Region’s Journey article, “Wild stallions were brought down from the mountains and [trained.]”
Depending on their temperament, some were used for tasks like pulling carts and others were used for racing. The finest stallions, however, would be trained for war.
“They retained their fierce spirit, courage, and power, but were disciplined to respond to the slightest nudge or pressure of the rider’s leg,” Whatley writes. “They could gallop into battle … and come to a sliding stop at a word. They were not frightened by arrows, spears, or torches. Then they were said to be meeked.”  How meek are we?  Do we have the strength of meekness?

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