Matthew 5:1-5 (NIV) Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (KJV) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Lowliness – our understanding of who we are in comparison to God
Meekness – my lowliness rooting me in humility because of that lowliness leading me to live a life of humility
How Do We Live Meekness In This Life?
- Submission to authority
- Humbly loving others who disagree
- Not trying to impose our moral code on others
Meekness Litmus Test: Am I zealously pursuing punishment on this (X) because they morally don’t agree with me, or am I making a personal decision to not do (Y) because I believe God is telling me this is wrong?
Titus 3:1-5 (ESV) Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,