I agree…

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

meekness is not weakness.

We can certainly talk of weakness in relation to the theology of Saint Paul in that when we are weak then we are strong because God is strong in us and through us, but make no mistake: Jesus was not weak (at least not in the modern sense, e.g., he’s so weak) rather, he was meek. But don’t continue to be confused: meekness is not weakness.

Meekness has to do with humility and vulnerability, and being humble and vulnerable are not characteristics of a weak person – they are characteristics of strength and integrity along with a sense of being resolute or determined.  When the Bible says that Jesus resolutely set his face toward Jerusalem, I hardly thing that was a sign of weakness (Luke 9:51)!  Meekness also has to do with patience and long suffering.   It takes a strong person of integrity to live a life that puts God and others ahead of him or herself.  To be patient with others and go the distance with them.  Only the truly weak try to put themselves first and so aren’t able to value others above themselves nor are they able to be fully submitted to God, probably because they have low self value/worth (a kind of false humility), and with low self value, it’s hard to value others or God, let alone be humble.

So, yeah, meekness is not weakness.

HT: Nick.

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4 responses to “I agree…

  1. Well, I guess they have to get something…

    Blessed are the cheesemakers?

    Well, its not meant to be taken literally. It refers to all producers of dairy products…

    Sorry – Couldn’t resist the Life of Brian quote! 😉

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