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Summary: A truly meek person quietly surrenders each day to the Lord without a big show.

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“Meekness is not Weakness” Matthew 5:5 Beatitudes - #3

Intro: When’s the last time you heard someone say, “If you really want to succeed in life,

try being meek?” Or, “If you want to rise to the top and get somewhere in life, display a lot

of meekness along the way?” Meekness is not a characteristic that we really desire.

The world’s philosophy of success tells us that we need to: 1. Be Assertive / Aggressive;

2. To go for the throat / Do whatever is necessary; and to 3. Use your power to get what

you deserve. (Society portrays the “Tough Guy” image as being essential and attractive.)

So, imagine the reaction of the disciples when Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek...”

We tend to think of being “Meek” as being Wimpy, Weak, Sickly and Cowardly.

What does it mean to be Meek? What attributes describe a meek person? (First of all.....)

A MEEK PERSON IS CONTROLLED, GENTLE AND FORGIVING

It is a person with a strong, yet very teachable spirit. Someone who is seen maybe as the

“Strong, Silent Type.” It is someone with a full ability to take over and conquer something,

but yet is able to practice discipline and control within that power. (Is God-Controlled)

*It is someone who is gentle and remains under control especially when dealing with people.

Someone who is even-tempered, who can answer respectfully and who is able to show

displeasure without reacting impulsively. (Sees deeper and doesn’t fly off the handle)

*It is someone who can respectfully disagree, is not easily provoked, does not seek

revenge and who is generally very willing, eager and ready to forgive others.

*It is also someone who fully realizes and understands the detrimental effects of sin and

because of it, remains committed to much SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE. (How’re ya doin so far?)

In I Cor. 6:12 Paul says, “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial;

I will not be mastered by anything.” (A meek person will not be mastered by anything) Also,

A MEEK PERSON IS HUMBLE AND QUIET

It is someone who knows their place in God’s plan, who strives to bloom where they’re

planted and who realizes and knows for a fact that the grass isn’t always greener on the

other side of the fence. They are not jealous people, they are content with what God gives.

They desperately know their need for God and for His Hand alone to guide, direct and to

control their life. They are well aware of their shortcomings and will freely admit that they

don’t have all the answers. Romans 12:3 says, “...Do not think of yourself more highly than

you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment...” A meek person thinks with a

“sober judgment.” They are truly Humble before both God and Man.

Someone who is meek is also Quiet. Psalm 4:4 tells us, “In your anger do not sin; when you

are on your beds, search your heart and be silent.” (Are you known to be Quiet, Silent and

Reflective?) A meek person quietly surrenders each day to God w/out a big fuss or show.

It is a person whom you could observe and could know a lot about them without ever


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