Reflections on “Blessed are the meek!”

Christ was master of the paradox. His teaching is salted with shining contrasts like:
Last is first, giving is receiving, dying is living, losing is finding, least is greatest,
poor is rich, weakness is strength, serving is ruling. For Christ, paradoxes were an
especially effective way of getting people to see essential spiritual truth – in this
instance, (Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth). This mark of the
Holy Spirit makes us gentle, humble, sensitive, and patient in all of our dealings
with others. – Kent Hughes
The man who is truly meek is the man who is amazed that God and man can think
of him as well as they do and treat him as well as they do… Finally, I would put it
like this. We are to leave everything—ourselves, our rights, our cause, our whole
future—in the hands of God, and especially so if we feel we are suffering unjustly.
– David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
There is probably no more beautiful quality in a Christian than meekness. It is the
humble strength that belongs to the man who has learned to submit to difficulties
(difficult experiences and difficult people), knowing that in everything God is
working for his good. The meek man is the one who has stood before God’s
judgment and abdicated all his supposed ‘rights.’ He has learned, in gratitude for
God’s grace, to submit himself to the Lord and to be gentle with sinners.
– Sinclair Ferguson

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