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Third Beatitude: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth"
Transcript of Third Beatitude: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth"
control, humility in words and action It means standing up for the truth gently (calm assertiveness), but not doing it self righteously or for one's personal gain Ephesians 4:1-2 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all
lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forebearing one another in love;" When Jesus did His miracles, He only did what was necessary. He could have done so much more miracles and brag to everyone about His power as Messiah, but He didn't. It takes a lot of self control to perform your mission without going over the top.
He let His desire -- to spread the Good News of
our salvation -- be known, without demanding
that we do as He wishes or follow Him Jesus administered His teachings with gentleness, and this is especially seen in how He taught the parables. He did not get mad when His disciples did not understand what He was teaching. Rather, He corrected them with patience and kindness. He also did not force people to listen to Him, and when people like the Pharisees rebuked Him, he did not get impatient and angry with them. He simply stated and stood up for the truth -- that He was the King of the
Jews, Son of Man who was sent to proclaim the
Good News of our salvation The third Beatitude is related to the first two in the sense that you have to experience the first two Beatitudes to understand the third. The Lord first makes known our emptiness, and so humbles us (poor in Spirit); and then, next, he makes us mourn over the deficiencies that are so manifest in us (mourn). After we get to know our true emptiness and mourn our
spiritual poverty, we become meek by the grace
of God. Our becoming meek is positive proof
of the Holy Spirit working within our soul Unlike the first and second Beatitudes, which both relate to how our personal selves are in spiritual poverty and are mourning, the third Beatitude speaks about the virtue of meekness which in only manifested in how we treat other people. This Beatitude teaches us that even though people may hurt us, we should still treat them with kindness and patience. It doesn't mean that we shouldn't get mad, but it tells us that acting on our anger in ways that may hurt others is wrong. We should control our natural impusiveness when we deal with others, otherwise we may hurt them. When we are meek, we are also content because we are submissive to the will of God. Because of this contentment, we can appreciate God's blessings more, and therefore "inherit the earth". "Inheriting the earth" does not mean that we conquer the world. It means that we are capable of seeing the world in a more optimistic way, and we are able to recognize the blessings of God in our everyday lives.