Meekness in Character, Strength in Faith

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 (Jim Estok)www.estokphotography.com

 

You know that experience when you apply something you were taught previously and you thought, at the time,  I’ll never use this it’s useless knowledge? Or perhaps the application of a life lesson is a revelation of a character trait you always thought was a weakness but now you see it as a character strength. 

Yesterday while attending a mission fundraiser at our church I saw a character trait of mine in a new light. Let me explain…. I was fortunate to be able to hold a two-month-old baby. {Neither the mother or I knew each other} The baby, was a beautiful little girl who her mother told me loves to be held. She was peacefully sleeping in my arms, with the occasional peek to see who was holding her; peeking glances at me with her beautiful blue eyes: eyes full of life, trust, dependency, the need for love and the miracle of creation.

A peaceful, humbling therapeutic experience: everything a person suffering from depression struggles to consistently acknowledge.

While I was holding her, Matthew 5:5 came to mind “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” This verse is part of the Beatitudes, where Jesus instructs His disciples and followers on the nature of life and proper living.

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

And here is the lesson I learned from this experience.

The definition of the word meek in today’s culture characterizes someone as quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on, submissive, deficient in spirit and courage. However, the text of the New Testament was translated into English from Greek. The Greek word being, Πραθς,  prah-ooce- someone who is gentle and does not assert themselves over others to further their own agendas; but rather someone strong in [Godly] character as they trust in God to direct the outcome of events. The meek are also free from malice and a vengeful spirit. Meekness is manifested by God and given to the believer-Jesus was meek but He had the power of God at His command. They will inherit the earth or more precisely they will gain entrance into the Promised Land.

Aristotle defined meekness as the middle ground between two extremes, getting angry without reason, and not getting mad at all.

This definition- not to be boastful- but reveals a truer picture of my character trait.

Blessings,

Jim Estok
Purveyor of Light through Life lived & shared and through photography

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