Matthew 5:5 – “Blessed are the gentle, for they will inherit the earth.”
Jesus continues to describe the Beatitudes: sayings about who is blessed and why, especially as it relates to the coming kingdom of heaven. Now Jesus declares those who are meek to be blessed because they will inherit the earth. The word meek does not mean “weak,” though that’s how many misinterpret it. The word is best understood as “gentleness,” or a refusal to take control by brute force or manipulation. Meekness, from a Christian perspective, is about faith. It is about trusting God to win the battle in the end instead of going to extremes to win the battle on our own terms. The concept is often referred to as “strength under control,” rather than “strength seeking control.”
This is exactly backwards from the world’s common understanding. Most believe the world to be controlled by those strong and ambitious enough to take what they want. The world belongs to the rich, the dominant, and the bold. Jesus flips that around. He declares that the true inheritors of the earth are the meek.
Strength under control. Not seeking control of every situation but understanding that not every situation is under our control. We can’t control everything, although we try to. Meekness is about faith. About letting God into every aspect of everything in our lives. Trusting Him with it all.
Realizing that He is in control. We are not. He is. Be strong in your meekness. Be strong in your faith. Be strong in how your gentleness affects others. How your gentleness affects yourself.