Blessed are the Meek.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Meekness is an unchangeable state of being, a Christ-like spiritual foundation that, when you see it in a person, you know they have encountered Jesus. For Jesus was meek. He said, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Mt 11.28–30).
Meek and lowly, gentle, and kind. When a person comes to Jesus this is what they receive. Whether they come in a harsh and antagonistic way, or with an inquisitive and burdened heart, they always find rest and relief of burden as His love embraces them with peaceful assurance and calm. The open heart will be changed forever while the hard heart will be perplexed. Because in meeting the Unchangeable One, the Prince of Peace, they discover that it is impossible to ‘get to Him’, to get ‘under His skin’ so to speak, and antagonize. He is relentlessly kind. His character is empty of all selfishness and always overcomes evil with good. He is safe to be around because He is always looking to bless and never curse.
To be meek, then, is to be emptied of selfish ambition and to honor others, relieving burdens and heaviness with gentleness and kindness. It is knowing good will prevail and evil has been defeated in the finished work of Christ, and then living in that peace and reflecting it to the world. Not returning evil for evil but overcoming evil with good. It is turning the other cheek. It is serving and blessing others regardless of differences.
Those who are meek and cultivate simplicity in their heart. They will have a beautiful relationship with the Lord and they will be taught by Him, as the Psalmist wrote: “The Lord will teach the meek His way” (Psalm 24.9). Also, the Lord will seek out the meek and be near to them, “But to whom shall I look,” says the Lord, “to him who is meek and quiet and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66.2).
Dear one, the Lord Jesus longs for you to have a foundation of meekness for it is one of His own defining qualities and people will recognize Him when they see this gentleness in you. If you are still bound by irritability and unrest, go to Jesus, sit quietly before Him, give Him your burdens. You will find rest.