Summary: Meekness precludes certain undesirable traits, enhances all desirable traits, and brings great reward.
Blessed Are the Meek Matt. 5:5
INTRO.: Webster defines "meek" as "mild of temper; patient under suffering, longsuffering."
The meek person is one who makes no undue demands upon himself, God, or his fellow man. He recognizes his abilities and responsibilities and is content in the circumstances in which God has placed him.
The meek person is not given to frequent outbursts not obsessed with having his way and getting his rights. He is not overanxious about material things but lets God have His way.
Translators of the New International Version used the word "humility," "humble," or "gentle" to translate the same word in every instance except this one. They thought "humility" & "gentleness" good synonyms for "meekness."
The meek person is not a person the world would consider a candidate for blessing. But, we must remember if we want to understand the beatitudes, we must view them from an eternal, not an earthly perspective.
ILLUS.: Moses’ according to Numbers 12:3, was the meekest man on earth. No one would accuse him of weakness or failure. How could he have been any more powerful or successful?
Meekness is a quality greatly to be desired for these reasons:
I. Meekness excludes certain undesirable traits:
A. Where there is meekness, there can be no strife: II Tim. 2:22-25 (ASV)
1. Prideful strife splits Churches, destroys friendships.
2. Meekness leads us to teach patiently, not quarrel.
3. The meek man is willingly subject to the authority of God’s Word, respects Church leaders and teachers.
B. Where there is meekness, there can be no harsh language: Jas. 3:13
1. Harsh language is the result of anger & frustration.
2. The immature become angry and use harsh language when they don’t get their way.
3. The meek man controls his anger & frustration and needs no vulgar words to express it.
C. Where there is meekness, there is no spiritual pride: Gal. 6:1
1. Some are "holier than thou" always ready to condemn others. They are victims of spiritual pride.
2. A meek man recognizes his own susceptibility to sin and hesitates to condemn others.
3. Who would you rather have as your teacher?
II. Meekness (humility) accompanies and enhances every desirable trait:
A. It accompanies conviction: I Tim. 6:11, 12
1. The meek man is not to always give way. He should be willing to "fight the good fight."
2. When he must stand firm on his convictions, he is respected more for his mild spirit.
B. We should receive the Word with meekness: James 1:21
1. We should be willing to humbly obey God, not push our wishes upon Him.
C. Meekness comes from wisdom: James 3:13
1. Wisdom makes us meek because the wiser we become, the more we realize our own need
2. A wise person doesn’t have to flaunt his wisdom. He has learned the wisdom of humility.
3. We tend to doubt a person who always tells everything he knows.
D. Meekness enhances our witness. I Pet. 3:15
1. It doesn’t mean we are hesitant about witnessing.
2. The meek witness speaks humbly and is careful to speak only God’s Word.
E. Meekness is a part of Christian maturity: Gal. 5:23