Meek – Not Weak (Matthew 5:5)

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According to Bill Farmer’s newspaper column, J. Upton Dickson was a fun-loving fellow who said he was writing a book entitled Cower Power. He also founded a group for submissive people. It was called DOORMATS. That stands for “Dependent Organization Of Really Meek And Timid Souls – of there are no objections.” Their motto was: “The meek shall inherit the earth – if that’s okay with everybody.” Their symbol was the yellow traffic light.

Mr. Dickson sounds like he’d be a lot of fun, doesn’t he? What is disturbing about all of this, though, is that many people assume that the ridiculous ideas behind DOORMATS and Cower Power represent the quality of meekness set forth in Matthew 5:5. Many, even in the church, think that to be meek is to be weak. But the opposite is true. What the Bible is talking about is a powerful virtue. The slogan “strong enough to be gentle” comes close to defining it. True meekness is best seen in Christ. He was submissive, never resisting or disputing the will of God. His absolute trust in the Father enabled Him to show compassion, courage, and self-sacrifice even in the most hostile situations.

Now let’s apply this to ourselves. When we are meek, we will bear insults without lashing out jn proud resentment or retaliation. We’ll thank God in every circumstance, while using every circumstance, good or bad, as an occasion to submit to Him. Meekness would be weakness if it meant yielding to sin. But because it stems from goodness and godliness, it is a great strength. – Martin R. De Haan II

There is a meekness free from pride

That feels no anger rise

At slights or hate or ridicule,

But counts the cross a prize. – Anon.

Meekness is not weakness but strength harnessed for service.

  • February 8, 1985, Our Daily Bread
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