"Blessed are the meek"

Meekness is not weakness: it is spiritual strength. And spiritual strength has nothing to do with so-called human will. Spiritual strength is dependent upon spiritual insight, which increases as we "put off the old man with his deeds." When Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth," he was quoting indirectly from the Psalms. The eleventh verse of the thirty-seventh psalm reads, "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." In the same psalm we find this significant passage: "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace." Surely it is worth while to understand the meaning of meekness.

"Meek," according to the dictionary, means "mild of temper; patient; forbearing; ... humble." It is a simple meaning; and yet, how often material sense in the form of impatience, irritability, hastiness, sluggishness, self-satisfaction, would try to prevent us from being meek. The student of Christian Science who is, however, striving to gain more understanding of God, good, can make rapid progress if he will but strive along these simple lines.

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