“Blessed are the meek . . .” – Q&A #1

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Question: What does “meek” mean?

Answer: The dictionary tells us that meek means to be patient and mild, not inclined to anger or resentment. Also, meekness can mean being gentle or kind. It is similar to the word humble,
which means not proud, self-assertive, or boastful.

We learned from the first Beatitude, (“Blessed are the poor in spirit”), that man needs to let go of his pride, and see that he needs God’s help in his life. But, this third Beatitude tells us that we need to let this meekness, or lack of self-will, continue to be a way of life for us. It is not just a one-time event! We must learn to let God rule our lives, and gain the self-control that would prevent us from acting in a way that is not God-like.  Remember, each Beatitude acts as a
sign, letting us know if we are following in the footsteps of Jesus, and taking on his character.

Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The signs for the wayfarer in divine Science lie in meekness, in unselfish motives and acts.” (Ret. 79)

We know we are on the right track when we start practicing meekness. This quality is also a
protection:

“Meekness is the armor of a Christian, his shield and buckler.” (‘02 19)

“Meekness, moderating human desire, inspires wisdom and procures divine power.” (Mis. 360)

Practice: Today, notice how you react to how other people treat you. Do you get mad easily? Do you get upset if you do not get your way? Do you strike out to hurt people for any reason? If so, you might want to learn about meekness.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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