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Jan 19, 2014

 "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."  (Matthew 5:5)

Who are the meek?  I guess it depends who you ask, but I think the meaning implied in the passage above has somehow been lost over the years.  Perhaps that's why the earth is not being taken care of today.  Let us explore this idea.  Here is what a few dictionaries have to say on the word:
meek [meek]  
adjective, meek·er, meek·est.
1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3. Obsolete . gentle; kind.
Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English meke, meoc  < Old Norse mjÅ«kr  soft, mild, meek


1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.


Isn't it a pity that the meaning of this word as being gentle and kind is now obsolete?  Let's read from another source:


meek  (miːk)
— adj
1.     patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2.     spineless or spiritless; compliant
3.     an obsolete word for gentle

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009



Really?  Spineless?  Spiritless?  I don't think this is the meaning implied when it is said that the meek shall inherit the earth!  I think that gentleness, perhaps, has gone out of fashion in the eyes of those who interpret the words and consider gentlenss to be obsolete!

Do we live in a society of bullies where someone is considered "spineless" if they are humbly patient or docile when being provoked?  I think we're missing the point.

Let's take another look at the origin of the word to be sure:


meek
c.1200, "gentle, courteous, kind," from O.N. mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle," from P.Gmc. *meukaz (cf. Goth. muka-modei "humility," Du. muik "soft"), of uncertain origin. Use to translate L. mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper


Yep!  Gentle, courteous, kind!  I think perhaps being meek is not so "spineless" or "spiritless" afterall.  In fact, I think to be meek is to be filled with the Spirit of God!

Here's a better definition of the word, from "The Revealing Word, A Metaphysical Dictionary," by Charles Fillmore:

meek, the--Anyone highly trained to react to all negative stimuli with love instead of with "an eye for an eye." "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth"


Yes.  I think this is more in accordance with what Jesus meant when he used the word.  Let's examine the passage with this definition in mind.

First, consider the phrase, "highly trained."  I think one must be disciplined to react to negative stimuli with love in a world that sees gentleness as being spineless.  The pressure of others to deny sensitivity must have been prevalent in days of old, too.  Of course we know that it was.  An eye for an eye was the way for so long, and unfortunately it all too often seems to still be the way of today. A child is born innocent but quickly learns by example how things are done, and one must be trained in gentleness in a world so full of examples of brutality and hate.  There are many who will remain in darkness, but those who seek the Light and the Truth will be saved.  To love and forgive, to have mercy and compassion, to be humble and meek...these are the traits that will eventually save the whole world.  Destruction only destroys, and to destroy someone's strength by referring to gentleness as being spineless is the absolute wrong path to take. 

Bullying doesn't only happen in childhood.  Peer pressure is alive in the world of adults, just as well.  To stand apart from the violence in the face of ridicule is the true path to peace.  It does, indeed, take discipline, though.

Are we able to respond to all negative stimuli with love?  That is hard!  Some of it, sure, but all?  That is what we are in training to do.

All negative stimuli.  That means hatred, gossip, cruelty, theft, abuse, rape, violence, murder, dishonesty, vulgarity, selfishness, adultery and so many things that we might even be tempted to think we are less than virtuous if we do not hate these things.  But to be meek means to stand in the Truth of God as Love, and realize that to meet evil with hatred or blame is to increase the amount of negative energy already there.  That is the secret to taking it's power away!  Evil only has the power we give it, because God is the only True Power there is, and as we know, God is Love.

Wow.  That's a very tall order indeed, but that's what is required if we are to inherit the earth.  The good news, however, is that it is assured that we will!  We will inherit the earth!  That is very good news!

The earth is in trouble, through greed.  The earth is the perfect home for all of the species which inhabit the earth, including humans, but man is trashing the planet through greed.  Greed, when there is already enough to go around, yet somebody wants more than their share.  In fact, there are those who would like to have it all, and so the rest of the planet is subject to exploitation by those who are the biggest bullies grabbing for all.  Do we resist them with hate?  No, we are to greet them, also, with love.  Does that mean to not try to change things?  No, it just means to do it with love.

I know we are worried about the earth and our resources, and all the people and animals suffering.  But we WILL inherit the earth, I just have to believe.  Where do I get my hope in times that seem so utterly hopeless?  I get my hope from my belief that God is Good and God is Love and God is Life.  God is the ONLY Power that truly exists.  I believe all is Good.  To work with the Power of God one must work with the Power of Love.  The more we all discipline ourselves to react in this manner, the sooner it will become obvious that Love can overcome all.

God is Life.  Look at the dandelion.  Weed killers can kill it but they can't prevent it!  Life will go on and on and on no matter what happens.  Somehow, someway, there will always be life.  Life is eternal, you know.  Even after nuclear disasters, plant life eventually returns.

To be meek doesn't mean to be weak, it means to submit to the Power of God, the Power of Goodness and Love, the Power of Life to set things straight without interference from you.  Meekness means to let go and let God.

In regards to the earth itself, as a planet, yes, the meek will inherit the earth.  Gentleness in ways of the earth.  Gentle farming methods using natural fertilizers and pesticides rather than harsh chemicals will go a long way in preserving the earth.  Meekness in bulldozing down forests for profit would go a long way, as well.  The rainforests are being bulldozed at rates far beyond what is good for the earth and it's inhabits, as are our other precious resources being destroyed.  Focus on love.  Focus on ways that will help offset this, rather than focusing on hatred and fear.  Work on solutions.  They're there.  Even if, God help us, the entire rain forest should be destroyed, God will help us, indeed, and eventually it will grow back.  Maybe not in our lifetime, but we can only live one day at a time.  Raising people's awareness, with love, is the best thing we can do, and help when there becomes clear any ways we can help.

AND...in our own life...walk gently, with love in all situations!  Learn to turn the other cheek and forgive seventy times seventy if that is what's needed.  If you give in to hate, if you give in to gossip, if you give in to blame, if you give in to revenge even in thought, then you are a part of the problem, but as with the former, you are also deserving of love.  We all give in to negativity at times.  We must become highly trained!

How do we become highly trained?  One way is to practice praying for those you resent.  Make a list, and bless them all, every one.  Yes, even the ones who did you wrong.  Say especially good prayers for the ones who hurt you the most!  Turn them over to God.  Pray that they be touched by Love. 

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."  (Matthew 5:43-48)

Peace.  Love.  Gentleness.  Mercy.  Kindness.  These are evidence of meekness.  Walk gently upon the earth.  Leave a light carbon footprint.  Speak gently, avoiding harsh words.  Be gentle with others in your dealings and also your judgments of them.  Be gentle with yourself, as well.  Be gentle in your opinions and attitudes.  Display forgiveness before it's even required by not even taking offense.  Wow that's a hard one to do, but to be perfect is what we are told we are capable of.  It may seem wrong in the moment to let wrongs occur, but wrong doings will always occur as long as we focus on anything other than Love.

How else may be practice this?  Learning to accept life on life's terms is not always easy, but if you ever tried stopping an earthquake then you'll understand that some thing are simply not within our control.  At these times we must accept them.  I find that practicing the Serenity Prayer helps me in accepting those things which I cannot change.  Of course there are those things we can change, and should, but always do it with Love.  God is Love.  What good is change if it's not for Good?  God is Good.  Use wisdom when trying to go around changing the way that things are.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr



God's will is always Love, always Good, always in favor of Life.  Act in accordance with this and all things will be made right.  We may not see it right now, but that's where the discipline part of this all comes it.  Sometimes it is a complete act of faith, but faith only serves to make us strong, never weak, when we have faith in all the right things, such as the Unconditional Power of Love!

"Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."  (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)

There is that word again, "perfect."  Perfect Love is the essence of God, and we are created in the image and likeness of God.  Anything less will fall away.

Be the Love you were created to be!  Forgive.  Do not let negativity get hold of you.  Practice acceptance and faith.  Developing an attitude of gratitude is another way of disciplining ourselves to the Truth that all is Good.  Make a list of all you have to be grateful for, and include on that list things in the past that you thought at first were not blessings at all, but quite the opposite, in fact.  Write down how your perspective changed when things really did turn out for the good.  Some of these things you won't know, but as you start looking for the good in your life you will start to see more and more that it's ALL good.  Developing this type of faith will help you greatly in resisting the urge to give your power away.  The only True Power is Love.  Hold on to it with all you've got!  It takes great strength to be meek.  The meek are not spineless at all!

Blessing to you for this week, and may you find the Goodness and Love in all Life that is yours.  You are a child of God, a child of Love, a child of Goodness, a child of Life!  The whole entire earth shall be yours!  It belongs to us all.

"Vibraceous, ND"
Rev. Dr. Jody Evans, ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.
Founder, Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
www.essentials-of-life.org
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www.genesis1.org





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