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Open Source Sermon (Thursday, October 8)

08 Oct

Through our reading of Psalm 37, Numbers 12, James 1, James 3, and 1 Peter 2, we have discovered that meekness is a far cry from wimpiness. In fact, it takes a great deal of strength to be meek. The Greek word for “meek” is rooted in a description of a colt broken to either be ridden or harnessed. An animal was meek if its strength was brought under purposed control. And as we have seen through the various Scriptural roots of meekness, the meek are the disciplined people who have brought their strength under the control and direction of the Lordship of Christ, trusting in His justice and committing themselves to His ways.

In Romans 12, the apostle Paul gives us another picture of meekness, though he does not use the word.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12.14-21)

The meek are committed to boldly committing themselves to the ways of the Lord, even in the face of persecution. They do not take revenge, but they leave room for God to bring about His justice. They do not envy the short term rewards of the wicked but have the strength to invest their lives in ways that will yield eternal benefits.

The meek are blessed, because they are strong enough to follow the Lord through the most difficult of all situations knowing that they will inherit the earth and enjoy great peace.

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