“Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.”
It is quite confusing why this is eminently different from the beatitude of the world! For the world blesses not the meek, but the vindictive; it praises not the one who turns the other cheek, but the one who pronounces evil; it exalts not the humble, but the proud.
Our God Almighty both preached and practiced meekness! Yes! He taught us not to throw stones back on our enemies. He taught us not to use our blessings and power to hurt other people. He taught us to love each other, even our enemies.
Christian meekness is not cowardice;meekness is not an easy-going temperament, sluggish, and hard to arouse; meekness is not a spineless passivity that allows everyone to walk over us No! Meekness is self-possession. That is why the reward of meekness is possession [of the earth].
It is true, it is so hard to be meek, especially when you have wrong understanding of how to be one. I once taught that being meek is to be weak, to refuse fights, not to be angry and not to acknowledge God’s gifts (abilities, skills and talents) by belittling yourself.
But all of these are not the real meaning of meekness. Meekness is the virtue that control the combative, violent, and pugnacious powers of our nature, and us therefore the best and noblest road to self-realization. A meek person will never fight when his conceit is attacked, but only when a principle is at stake. The anger of a meek person is not based on selfishness but righteousness. A meek person is so possessed, he never allows his fists to go up for an unholy purpose, or in defense of his pride or vanity, or conceit, or because he wants the wealth of another. Only the principles of God’s righteousness arouse a meek person.
Selfishness is the world’s greatest sin; that is why it is jealous of those who have more; why it us envious of those who do more; why it dislikes those who refuses to flatter, and why it scorns those who tell us the truth about ourselves; its whole life is inspired by the egotistical, the personal, and its wrath is born of that self-love.
To pray, to forgive and to receive. That’s what we need to do. Be glad and rejoice for every pain you have right now. It will harm only our pride, not our character; it will cauterise our conceit, but not the blemish of our soul-for the very insult of the world is the consecration of our goodness.
We will not be loved by our meekness, and it will be hard for us not to be angry when our conceit and our pride, and possibly our possessions, are attacked, but there is no escaping the Divine injuction”Blessed are you when they shall revile you, persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice for your reward is very great in heaven”.