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The Inward Attitudes of a True Disciple is our theme for the next few Sunday mornings.

This series is based on the Beatitudes, found in the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.

Today we are discussing, Rest Unto Your Souls.

As Australians, our heritage has hardly prepared us for this beatitude.

Our heritage is one that encourages contempt for what we understand as “the meek” and admiration of the self assertive.

One the one hand, we have inherited, through the times, the Roman ideal of greatness in which meekness has no place.

On the other hand, we are the heirs of Anglo Saxon self assertiveness and insistence on personal rights and privileges.

Under these influences, we have come to admire power, domination, and personal success.

Matthew 5:5 NKJV Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

On hearing this the average Australian will say, “To tell you the truth, I just don’t admire that. 

Doesn’t that mean a weak and spineless creature, a namely pamby, flabby in character and lacking self respect?”

Labouring under this false impression of what meekness is, they ask, “Who wants to be meek? More than that, the statement “They shall inherit the earth” is ridiculous. Maybe some of them will go to heaven someday, but “inherit the earth?” Forget it! I don’t believe it!”

This beatitude meets with a poor reception by most people.

Perhaps none in the list is as unpopular as this.

To the popular mind this beatitude is undesirable and unbelievable.

But popularity is no reliable test of anything and certainly not of things that pertain to Christ and His kingdom.

The popular conception of Christian meekness is both erroneous and inadequate, and these ideas are therefore false.

This is not a popular beatitude, because in the world’s failure to understand what true meekness is, it neither admires nor desires it.

But there are some other more reliable tests to apply to this saying of Jesus.

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

Jesus was stating a simple fact, and that fact is demonstrated to be true by three important tests.

Until next time

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