I asked my husband last week how I come to across to other people, and he said “You seem meek, but kind.”
Do you ever think back on the person you use to be and miss her? Sometimes I think of a few of my former traits, and long for the girl who is no longer there. That girl is confident, loud, and self-assured in all that she does. I often say in passing to my friends that I am mean and I am blunt. But when I think back on the last few years, I can recall very few interactions where I was intentionally cruel or unnecessarily blunt.
Through a first bad marriage, and thankfully, a second incredible marriage I have become a different person.
Saturday morning I was working out at the gym thinking of my lack of confidence. I immediately felt bad for becoming less confident over the years. Aren’t we suppose to become more confident? Then, I realized that I really like who I am. And somehow I have lost the need for other people to agree with whatever I believe.
As I was leaving the gym on the verge of tears a Bible verse came into my ears, “For the meek will inherit the earth.”
I wanted to make sure I understood the verse, so I spent a bit of yesterday digging in.
That verse is one of the eight Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are remarkable because in them Jesus gives credence to traits that we do not often value in society such as: poor in spirit, mercy, peacemaking, and meekness.
What does it mean to be “meek”?
“…“meek” is from the Greek term praus. It does not suggest weakness; rather, it denotes strength brought under control. The ancient Greeks employed the term to describe a wild horse tamed to the bridle.”
The last five years of my life have been profoundly better because of my husband. He has given me two things I never knew before: kindness and grace. A good marriage honors Christ because it echoes Christ’s sacrifice for us so that we can live grace-filled lives. Del’s kindness has rubbed off on me. I lived the first 25 years of my life as blunt instrument hitting whatever I needed to hammer down. Now, my hard edges have been smoothed by the steadfast love of a good husband.
Grace has helped me submit to what God calls me to do. I give grace when I do not feel like it, and I reach for kindness when I want to scream.
The meek are those whom are strong – but have submitted to will of God. We have let go of many of our own desires because we understand that what Christ calls us to do is more important. I do not always need to be right, because instead – I am called to be kind. I do not always need to talk, because God asks me to listen to those that need it. I am meek. I submit to His control.
What does it mean to “inherit the earth”?
For most of the history of the earth land was fought over. The blood of millions of people was spilled for land God created for us to thrive in. Brute force in the form of swords, guns, and bombs are how the earth was settled and conquered.
Brute force is the direct opposite of meekness. Brute force imposes power over another person to do what you want. Brute force does not submit to Christ.
Contrary to practice, those that will inherit the garden are not those that take it but are those that have submitted.
I am meek, for I have submitted. I have lost a bit of my own selfishness to gain something superior; God’s will in my life. With that will, my fellow meek believers and I will inherit the earth.