Matthew 5:5 – The Meek

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

-The word “meek” in the Bible is the Greek word “praus” and carries with it the idea of a wild horse that has been tamed.  This imagery is important because meekness in our modern society is often dismissed as weakness but that could not be further from the truth.  Consider how fearsome a wild horse can be; now realize that a tamed horse still possesses the same might and fearsomeness, but that horse has made a choice to obey the will of it’s master.  So it is with those who are led of the Holy Spirit, we still have the same angry, vengeful human nature; but we make a choice to act against that nature in favor of Christ’s Divine influence.  Meekness is the power to act coupled with the discipline not to.  Discipline that can only come from the Lord.  This duality is the reason the Bible calls us to be both bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1) and gentle as a dove (Matthew 10:16).


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