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Matthew 5:5

Strong Character

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

"When man first saw the Camel, he was so frightened at his vast size that he ran away. After a time, perceiving the meekness and gentleness of the beast's temper, he summoned courage enough to approach him. Soon afterwards, observing that he was an animal altogether deficient in spirit, he assumed such boldness as to put a bridle in his mouth, and to let a child drive him. Use serves to overcome dread."(The Camel by Aesop)

Aesop's camel is a good analogy of a man who is meek. In ancient times, as in modern, meekness was not considered a desirable trait. The meek were thought to be weak. Reading the scriptures, however, gives us a different perspective.

The camel, while described as meek, is a large and strong animal equipped for long journeys in a desert heat that most men could scarcely endure. Strength is the foremost characteristic of the meek. Jesus referred to Himself as "meek". (Matthew 11:29) Moses was also described as being meek. Yet neither of these men would be considered weak.

Physical strength is not necessary to the characteristic of meekness, but strength of character is essential. The meek, like the camel, have a gentle temper that is always under control. Such control takes more strength than most people have. In fact, you have probably observed or heard about one of those temperamental music or movie stars. They have neither meekness nor strength. Look sometime and see how unhappy they are.

The meek have the strength of character necessary to put up with insults and injuries, to show patience in trying situations and to treat others kindly. They act as servants to others, bearing their burdens of sadness and grief, comforting them, and seeing to their physical needs.

Like the camel, our meek man is poor in spirit, humbly submitting himself to God for the sake of the gospel.

The meek character trait depends on absolute faith in God for its strength. Could Jesus have survived forty days and forty nights of fasting and the temptations of the devil without faith? __or Moses forty years in the wilderness, living to be 120 years old? Could Jesus have allowed His own crucifixion without faith in His Father? Total and complete faith was His only tool.

Are there problems in your ministry or church that could be resolved, if everyone had a meek spirit? Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth. I think it would be a peaceful place, if only the meek were here. Would you fit in?

Before The Throne:

Pray for a spirit of meekness. Ask God to help you and all of your fellow workers in Christ to practice this trait in your daily routines. Pray for a strong Christian character.

For Further Study:

** the meek. Matt 11:29; Matt 21:5; Num 12:3; Ps 22:26; Ps 25:9; Ps 69:32; Ps 147:6; Ps 149:4; Isa 11:4; Isa 29:19; Isa 61:1; Zeph 2:3; Gal 5:23; Eph 4:2; Col 3:12; 1Tim 6:11; 2Tim 2:25; Titus 3:2; Jas 1:21; Jas 3:13; 1Pet 3:4, 15; ** they. Ps 25:13; Ps 37:9, 11, 22, 29, 34; Isa 60:21; Rom 4:13;


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