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Everyone wants to be happy, and the New Testament is the greatest authority on happiness.

Jesus gives is the key that will unlock the door to happiness.

This key is found in the eight Beatitudes.

Did you know the word “Blessed” is sometimes translated as “Happy”.

Today is part 3 Meekness, The Way to Happiness.

Text

Matthew 5:5 (ESV)

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 5:1-5

Prayer

Lord, we come to you today, knowing that apart from you, all is vanity, that everything else is broken and empty and the

Of the water of life.

From the anxiety about any problems, we seek refuge in your presence today.

We bring you ourselves and all we have. Accept and use everything we have to offer you and we pray in Jesus name that you will continue to bless us.

Amen.

Introduction

Can you truly be meek and happy at the same time?

Can you picture a meek person who is also a happy person?

You’ll probably find this rather challenging.

Our misunderstanding of meekness creates difficulty. 

In a world that thinks only an aggressive ambitious person can get a head in life, it is hard to believe that those who are meek will inherit anything, much less the earth!

Yet Jesus upheld meekness as the way to happiness.

“Blessed (happy) are the meek” it says in Matthew 5:5. If anyone knows human nature and what it takes to make a person happy? Jesus Christ is that person.

He did not imply that being fearful or week brings happiness.

Instead, Jesus referred to attitude or outlook.

The meekness he described requires us to be strong people who are grounded in Christ.

It demands us to have a personal relationship with God.

This kind of meekness inevitably brings happiness.

Meekness is the way to happiness for several reasons.

  1. Meekness maintains an even temperament.

Aristotle defined meekness as the mean between two extremes, intense anger and excessive indifference.

It is the happy medium between too much anger and too little passion.

The beatitude could be translated to say “Blessed is the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time.”

When is the right time to be angry?

When insult or injuries suffered by others, not ourselves.

But how can we develop this temperament? How can we avoid the extremes of severe anger or apathy?

We can’t!

But God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

So how does God give us an even temperament?

First, through salvation, before all else we must be born again.

Second, through the Holy Spirit work in our lives. 

Galatians 5:22-23 says,

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.

2. Meekness develops self control.

The word translated “meekness” has a second meeting.

Often it was used to express the idea of “self control.”

For instance, an animal that otherwise would’ve been wild but has been made a house pet can be called meek.

The animal had to learn to respond favourably to commands and behave properly.

Therefore beatitude could be translated, “Blessed are they who are entirely self controlled.”

Weakness is giving into the worst that is in you. Meekness is mastery over it.

To be meek does not mean that you are cowardly, but it does mean that you are strong enough not to retaliate when wrongly treated.

Having their rights, those who are meek do not insist on them.

Who is this in great ability, those who are meek do not flaunt it.

They would rather forgive than accuse.

Such self control results in peace with oneself.

Those who cannot control their anger, greed, lust, tongue, or ambition will never be at peace within.

They will constantly be at war with themselves.

3. Meekness expresses itself through gentleness.

A third meaning of the Greek word for meekness tells us something else about this quality of a happy life.

Meekness maybe translated to kindness or gentleness.

The concept of a man being a gentleman was born in the Christian faith.

He is a man who is gentle, courteous, and considerate.

Meekness and gentleness are characteristics of a strong, not weak, person.

1. Gentleness is considerate of others.

Galatians 6:1 tells us,

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted.

A gentle person is considerate of others even when they have done wrong.

2. Gentleness admits faults to others.

James advised, confess your faults to one another in James 5:16.

Proud, arrogant, or insecure people can never bring themselves to do this.

However, meek, gentle, and secure individuals have courage to admit in the states to others.

Humble people bravely admit their shortcomings, which leads to happiness for everyone involved.

2. Gentleness encourages others.

Paul encouraged us to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone in Titus 3:2.

As long as you maximise others faults while minimising your own, you can never be happy.

4. Gentleness learns from others.

Gentle people are apt to learn.

They accept criticism and are always eager to listen both to God and others, as a result, they learn much. 

Those who demonstrate weakness are happy.

3. Meekness is assured of victory.

Jesus said about those who are meek, “they shall inherit the earth” in Matthew 5:5. 

This truth is affirmed many times throughout the Bible. Listen to these for passages from Psalms.

Psalm 37:9-11 (ESV)

9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.

11 But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Psalm 22:26 (ESV)

26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!

Psalm 25:9 (ESV)

9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Psalm 147:6 (ESV)

6 The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

It is significant that Jesus said the meek shall inherit, not capture, the earth.

And inheritor is a receiver, not an aggressor.

God in his providence has structured the world so that the meek are certain to inherit it.

Conclusion.

Meekness is so hard to develop, you say.

You are right.

I cannot tell myself to be meek and then just become meek.

God never intended for us to be able to make ourselves meek.

That is not our nature. 

But what we cannot do for ourselves God does for us, first through salvation and then continuing his work through the daily infilling of the holy spirit.

Have you been born again? Have you allowed the holy spirit to fill you? When you do, the wonderful quality of meekness will be yours, and you will enter the way to happiness!

Until next time

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