Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Strength in Weakness


“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

It seems to me that in our modern and aggressive world, meekness is often misunderstood as a weakness. It is difficult for a person to be gentle and have a humble heart, and it is just simply not a part of someone’s nature to be meek and lowly in heart. Sadly, meekness is misinterpreted and often associated with being disadvantaged, fearful, and cowardly. It’s often much easier to be proud, influential, and strong. So if meekness isn’t weakness, then what is it? Even the dictionary defines meekness as “one without strength or courage”. I don’t know about you, but it’s not always easy to walk gently through life, not jump ahead or out of turn, and turn away from angry and aggressive behavior!

“But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” (Psalm 37:11)

The Bible on the other hand says that we are called to be meek, to practice spirit-control. Only the meek can be saved, and therefore as the children of God, they inherit the new earth.  We are called upon to practice meekness and to allow God’s peace to guard our heart and our mind. When we demonstrate meekness, we also demonstrate worshipful dependence, faith and self-assurance that we are letting God lead and direct our lives. Instead of despising our weakness, we are invited to embrace it knowing that God has a holy purpose for our weakness. And when we find ourselves weak we acknowledge that we are not powerful or strong, but instead we have a mighty savior to carry us through.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and humble at heart; and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

Peace comes from our heart because our confidence is in Christ. Jesus asks us to learn from Him to be weak and humble in heart, because He will be strong for us in our weakest state. We experience a settled quietness about us when we understand meekness; our pride melts and our strength goes beyond words and actions. That’s when we find little need to exert extra strength if we find ourselves under pressure. There is nothing more beautiful than a meek heart; one that knows Jesus is lovingly paying attention as we submit to our pride.

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Boast about our weaknesses instead of our strengths? Yes, because being weak is really a source of our strength! In our weakness , His strength is made perfect; when we are lesser, He is greater!

16 comments:

  1. Dank je wel! This is an amazing post. Hope you have a good healt and a fine week. Big hug.

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    1. Thanks Jedidja; big hugs and blessings to you, too! :)

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  2. God's way of doing things is so counter intuitive to our human inclinations. The world would rather not that we proudly embrace weakness/meekness.

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  3. So true Wanda; it's a challenge to embrace meekness in a world that doesn't accept it's beauty and grace.

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  4. Hi Denise - if its opposite to what the world wants and defines, then its probably the right way. God's way is so opposite the world's way yet the best way to real peace, real strength. Thank you for the great reminder. I am really sadddened by the dictionary's definition :( I prefer the bible's definition of meekness. Great post my friend.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Excellent truths Tracy; love your point of view on this! :)

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  5. Hi Denise,
    I have never looked up the word meekness in the dictionary, weakness sure is not what Jesus was. Thanks for this great post and God bless,
    Ken

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    1. Thanks Ken; blessings to you too! :)

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  6. It does require a meekness and humbleness in order to submit our hearts before the Lord. sometimes we can be too proud in our sinfulness, and in that way not able to see how much we need Jesus to wash us from our sins.
    2 Cor. 12:9 is one of my favorites...it gives hope to know that it is Jesus and His strength, not our own that keeps us able to withstand the trials of life.
    ~God Bless you Denise~ Lisa

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    1. So true Lisa! I often find relief in submitting everything to God and not having to deal with situations on my own; what a comfort it is to allow weakness in our lives and give it all to Him!

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  7. I've heard meekness defined as 'strength under God's control'. It is like a horse who trusts his master. We are to trust the Lord in all things and allow Him to work in us and through us.

    I still feel bad about missing you when you were in Mesa. Next time though ...

    Love,
    Debbie

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    1. Not to worry Debbie; we will have an awesome visit next time! :) Blessings dear friend...

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  8. Very inspiring. May God continue to bless your kind heart. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend :)

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    1. Thanks Lea; blessings and an awesome weekend to you too!

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    1. Thanks for visiting; I would be happy to stop by yours.
      Blessings and hugs!

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