Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Question: Why is meekness such an important quality of God to express?
Answer: Meekness is a description of the character of someone who expresses a number of Christ-like qualities, such as patience, gentleness, mildness, self-control, modesty, temperance, and kindness. We will be learning about these qualities in other lessons.
Meekness, as we learn in the Bible and in the teachings of Christian Science, is a sign that someone is a good Christian, heading in the right direction:
“The ways of Christianity have not changed. Meekness, selflessness, and love are the paths of His testimony and the footsteps of His flock.” (Rud. 17)
“The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” (Psalms 25)
“It is a forever fact that the meek and lowly in heart are blessed and comforted by divine Love.”
“The meek might, sublime patience, wonderful works, and opening not his mouth in self-defense against false witnesses, express the life of Godlikeness.” (‘02 16)
“Meekness and charity have divine authority.” (S&H 270)
Further Study: Take another look at the 23rd Psalm. Read it with the goal of seeing the quality of meekness in the sheep, as they follow and trust the Shepherd. Can you think of ways to put more trust in God, as your divine Shepherd?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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