Christian Living
Blessed Are the Meek
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Aug 20, 2017
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Would you consider yourself a meek person? Or are you unsure of what meekness really means? It may be helpful to know that most of the men and women who were Biblical heroes of the faith had to learn meekness. Meekness is our humble disposition toward God and toward people. It is power under control; it is quiet confidence in Christ.

Meekness is not something that comes naturally; instead, it is learned under the direction of the Holy Spirit. When Peter first met Jesus, he was not meek. He had his heart set on selfish ideas, but life with the Savior changed that. It isn't that he lost his sense of courage or confidence when he grew in meekness. Rather, Christ molded Peter's personality so that he began to reflect the strength and mercy of God.

Meekness is power under control; it is quiet confidence in Christ.

Another important aspect we need to consider is that godly meekness is different from human modesty. False meekness can be far more dangerous than bragging about all you have and all you can do. A false sense of meekness or modesty often is hard to detect. It is pride undercover and will usually be found in the lives of those who find it hard to accept God's grace for their lives. Instead, they take pride in their humility and work to earn God's favor; outwardly, they appear spiritually mature and meek, but inwardly, they have not embraced the grace of God nor fully understood their need for it. 

True meekness comes as a result of sincere devotion to the Lord. It is a fruit of the Spirit that He wants to develop in each of our lives. However, there is only one way to begin this journey, and that is through prayer and personal dedication. It may also require facing a time of testing. Before Peter could serve, he had to learn how to be meek and humble.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I realize I need Your gift of meekness in my life. My greatest desire is not to serve myself but to serve You. My prayer is that You will develop in me a true sense of meekness so that others will see You living in me and be drawn closer to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).