“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”~Matthew 5:5
I can’t take credit for this saying, but I think it speaks volumes about the next be attitude which is meekness. “Meekness isn’t weakness, but strength under control.” I like how it’s said in the photo, perfect control. In my favorite dictionary Webster’s 1828, it says, “Softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations.” It is a form of humility that packs some major power. Theodore Roosevelt one of our greatest presidents once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” The next piece of equipment needed to get up a mountain is our strengthened and trained arms and legs. Without the power to overcome gravity, the mountain will defeat you before you even begin the climb. Meekness is that strength to overcome the gravity of a spiritual mountain. King David had he talked as our 26th president, would have said speak softly and carry five round stones and a sling. Meekness knows where your limitations are and God’s strength to overcome begins. A meek person lets others speak of the great things he did, he doesn’t bring attention to himself. Not only does meekness control strength, but also it controls pride. As I have said in prior blogs, the sin of pride comes at you from the backdoor, that’s why it’s so important to have a great friend at your back to catch it before it comes in; someone who will be honest with you and not worry about losing you as a friend.
One of the first elements of meekness is a soft temper. I have to admit one of my downsides is that I can have a tough temper. It takes a lot to press my buttons, but if you do it right, my anger comes out. The closer I get to God though, the more control I have over my temper. Sometimes words that come out can hurt, so the best thing we can do is have control over that temper. A soft temper comes when we don’t allow pride to make us have to make a point to show how right we are.
The next element of meekness is mildness. I describe mildness as a person that is filled with life and can pass that life on to others. Life is love, unconditional in its nature. Mildness is love in action or mercy. You try to see the good in everyone and constantly encourage others. Mildness is a cool way to live if you can keep pride from entering in your life.
Element number three is gentleness. The best way to disarm an escalating situation is to be gentle and respectful. When you control your temper, you can control others tempers as well. Escalation happens when two opposing viewpoints collide in a war of words and pride doesn’t want you to back down. A gentle sprit disarms that situation and works it out to a compromise.
The final element of meekness is endurance under pressure. If you have ever run a race, there is a point at which you will hit a wall. Mostly this will happen during a long distance run like a half marathon. Endurance will get you past that wall to the finish line. Certain things will happen in life that will make you hit a wall, but the enduring faithfulness of God will get us past that wall to the next wall we have to face. I guess I went from mountains to walls. Endurance we get from training, a strong arm will keep you moving, but a strong arm that has enduring power it will get you up the mountain.
With a soft temper, a mild manner, a gentle spirit, and endurance we will be on the road to controlled strength and controlled pride, which is meekness. Life and love is having self-control, not controlling others, not controlling situations, because after all, God is the ultimate One in control and God is our endurance up the mountain.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.