Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
The Greek word for “meek” means gentle, humble, considerate, courteous. Therefore, as John Stott observed, the meek person is one who exercises “self-control, without which these qualities would be impossible.”
Meekness is not weakness; the meek are strong, masters of their moods. “[I]t is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities” (Prv 16:32 TEV).
Meekness displays itself in gentleness: “Be humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph 4:2).
As children of God the meek are “heirs of God” (Rom 8:17). Thus they inherit the earth, for “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Ps 24:1).
The meek may have little, yet have much: like Paul, “having nothing, and yet possessing everything” (2 Cor 6:10).
Greatness and wisdom do not
reside in the arrogant, but in the meek.