Friday, April 26, 2024

Learning Meekness

Broadcast 4014
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 Matthew 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth."

What is your first reaction when someone offends you or does something justifiably wrong to you? Do you instantly respond and give them a piece of your mind? How about when your colleague takes credit and receives recognition for your work? Do you report them immediately to your boss with hopes to prove that you are not a pushover?

For many of us, these are our natural responses and reactions to such circumstances. However, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to the way of meekness. Instead of fighting for our rights and entitlements, we are told to let God fight for us. This is completely countercultural in a world where we are constantly being told to stand up for ourselves. Indeed, the world doesn’t value meekness at all and it cannot because it is the way of the kingdom of God.

Jesus himself demonstrated this principle in 1 Peter 2:23, “when they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”

You see, meekness is not just about subjecting yourself to undue punishment and suffering. It is about surrendering yourself to the sovereignty of God and entrusting your life completely into His hands. When you practice meekness then, you are demonstrating your complete and total trust in God by refusing to take matters into your own hands.

Your first response then when are you confronted with unjust offenses and wrongs should not be an impulsive reaction and retaliation even though it may come naturally. Let us instead learn to trust God with every aspect of our lives.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please give me the grace to live my life in meekness. Amen.
—Kanyinsola Arigi

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