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Tomlapaz
  • From:USA

Date Posted:08-06-2018 04:29:13Copy HTML

Thursday June 7th Grace Mail


"God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them" (Matthew 5:5).

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:4, NIV).

For a lot of us this is a hard concept to swallow, because we equate meekness with weakness. We think that Jesus is saying, "Blessed are the doormats, for they shall inherit the earth!"

Jesus is not saying that. The whole idea of meekness or gentleness is all about tremendous strength. The word "meek" was used in Greek literature to speak of the breaking of a horse. That stallion was a powerful animal, but once it was broken, its strength was under control.

This is so vital in a believer's life. The book of Proverbs says: "Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit" (Proverbs 25:28, NASB). An unbroken animal is useless. So, strength, without control, is useless in the Christian life. In fact, it can be a real detriment to a godly life.

Meekness is the opposite of getting even or afflicting violence on someone. Biblical gentleness or meekness is power completely surrendered to God's control. We see this perfectly illustrated for us when Jesus was on the cross and His enemies were torturing Him and mocking Him. We know He had the power to vaporize them, but instead He prayed, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

You can be meek and still be strong, your strength is controlled by the Holy Spirit. You will inherit the earth!


Jesus: For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
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  • From:New_zealand

Re:Meekness and Weakness are not the same thing

Date Posted:09-06-2018 07:56:31Copy HTML

All this beatification of the meek really plays into the hands of the rulers.  After all it is easier to govern meek, brainwashed sheep than thinking beings.
"Les hommes ne font jamais le mal si complètement et joyeusement que lorsqu'ils le font par conviction religieuse." Blaise Pascal
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  • From:USA

Re:Meekness and Weakness are not the same thing

Date Posted:12-06-2018 05:20:16Copy HTML

Did you read the OP?   You are doing the very thing it warns against - confusing meekness with weakness.

Which is ironic, giving your diatribes against the US, for example.

Jesus: For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
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  • From:New_zealand

Re:Meekness and Weakness are not the same thing

Date Posted:12-06-2018 07:10:25Copy HTML

Reply to Tomlapaz

Did you read the OP?   You are doing the very thing it warns against - confusing meekness with weakness.

Which is ironic, giving your diatribes against the US, for example.


Bollocks!

Read my quote of Pascal.

"Les hommes ne font jamais le mal si complètement et joyeusement que lorsqu'ils le font par conviction religieuse." Blaise Pascal
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  • From:USA

Re:Meekness and Weakness are not the same thing

Date Posted:13-06-2018 01:41:40Copy HTML

You do not seem to understand the term Meekness, guy.
Jesus: For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
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  • From:New_zealand

Re:Meekness and Weakness are not the same thing

Date Posted:14-06-2018 03:22:46Copy HTML

Meekness means submissiveness.
"Les hommes ne font jamais le mal si complètement et joyeusement que lorsqu'ils le font par conviction religieuse." Blaise Pascal
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  • From:USA

Re:Meekness and Weakness are not the same thing

Date Posted:14-06-2018 04:10:29Copy HTML

The whole idea of meekness or gentleness is all about tremendous strength. The word "meek" was used in Greek literature to speak of the breaking of a horse. That stallion was a powerful animal, but once it was broken, its strength was under control.

So, strength, without control, is useless in the Christian life. In fact, it can be a real detriment to a godly life.

Meekness is the opposite of getting even or afflicting violence on someone.  Biblical gentleness or meekness is power completely surrendered to God's control.


In an earthly example, had the US submitted to the concept of other nations having the right to determine their own affairs, despite its inherent strength, it would have been an illustration of meekness.

You don't think the US should have submitted to that concept?

Jesus: For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
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