Fields United Methodist Church

“Blessing of Meekness” Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are those who are meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5

 

There is strength in meekness, really?  At first glance the words of Jesus have no relevance to the world in which we live.  There is violence perpetrated on innocent people. There are those who feel they are “entitled” to abuse or humiliate those they say they love.  Yet these words of Jesus, “blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” offer a powerful message to those who feel powerless.  The meek are not doormats nor voiceless.  The meek live with the fact that their Lord is their rock and their shield.  Those who are humble in spirit, the meek, lean on the “everlasting arms” of the grace of God that offers the grace and the power of God to be their guide.  God does not condone violence of any kind against another rather God sets a standard of living that seeks to offer not just life, but life in abundance.  The meek are strong and are of infinite value because their trust is in Jesus and Jesus alone.  As the Psalmist writes, “do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will fade like grass, and wither like the green herb.” (Psalm 37:1) You are worthy because Christ is worthy, and you are strong because Christ loves you far too much to have it any other way.  You are blessed and you are invited by Jesus to “come to me, all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) The blessing of meekness is the gift of faith in the One who “neither slumbers nor sleeps” for you and has gone to the ends of the earth to let you know that you are not alone and you are blessed, not powerless.  Thank you Jesus.

Pastor Tom