The Beatitudes: Part 3 – Meek
Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Meekness is submissiveness and humility. It’s easy to see how people would naturally reject this as a way of life. Although this Beatitude concerning being meek has been much praised, even by many non-Christians, such as Mahatma Gandhi, some view the admonition to meekness with great skepticism. Friedrich Nietzsche in his book called, On the Genealogy of Morals, considered Jesus’ call to meekness as the embodiment of what he perceived as a slave morality. Nietzsche, like every unconverted person, cannot understand the wisdom of Christ. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Jesus personified meekness. And don’t be fooled. Meekness is not weakness. Only the one empowered by the Holy Spirit can fully embrace this truth and live it out.