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The Virtue of Meekness

When you put a bit and bridle on a horse, it becomes meek. These horses knew that when my husband and his brother got on, there was some serious riding in store for them!

This week we are talking about the virtue of meekness. What is meekness? It’s not a word we use in our vocabulary very often, if at all. It’s definition is: submissiveness.

Meekness can be seen as weakness. Many motivational speakers and leaders will tell you that to get ahead you have to be strong, outgoing and powerful.

The Bible tells us a different story. Jesus described himself often as being meek. Meekness is a virtue. Let’s read about the Beatitudes in Matthew:

3) Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4) Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5) Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6) Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7) Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8) Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10) Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven—Matthew 5:3-10

Meekness is an important virtue in overcoming the bad habits of life. Meekness isn’t about being weak. It’s about harnessing strength given to us by God to overcome obstacles.

Horses are huge, powerful animals. When you put a bit in their mouth, a bridle on their head and a saddle on their back, they become meek. Their movements become controlled. They will go where you lead.

The greatness of man’s power is the measure of his surrender. — William Booth

This “stay at home order” will test us. It will test our surrender. For the next 2 weeks, or maybe longer, we will learn what it means to be meek. It’s as if God has put a bit and bridle on us.

In learning meekness, we will learn submissiveness. This will force us to slow down and reassess what’s really important in this life, re-introducing us to silence and quiet time. It’s in this silence that we will hear God’s call of reconciliation and renewal of strength in Him.

This meekness worksheet will help you incorporate this virtue into your life. Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay home! God bless.—Barb