Monday, July 29, 2013

When it is all said and done

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

Here Jesus is simply quoting from Psalm 37, “the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” And because “meek” is the sort of word that we really don’t use much these days as a character trait, especially using it to describe winners and not losers, it is helpful to review the descriptors David lays out.  Actually, in this Psalm meekness is equated with righteousness, which makes sense.  The focus of a meek person is The LORD and what is good, and not what is Me.  

The meek trust in the LORD and do good.
The meek befriend faithfulness.
The meek delight in the LORD.
The meek commit their way to the LORD.
The meek wait patiently for are still before the LORD who will act.
The meek fret not.
The meek refrain from anger and refrain from wrath.
The meek give and are ever lending generously.
The meek are people of peace.

And when the dust settles, that is who remains. The meek are left standing. It is not coincidental that the meek action verbs sound a lot like love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Because when the dust settles, that is what remains: love, joy, peace.  And the greatest of these is love.