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I MUST LOVE MEEKNESS                     By Phil Guerena Sr.

Meekness is one of the most misunderstood concepts in leaders.  The great Jewish leader, Moses, was considered very meek (Num.12:3); some say that he was very humble.  It looks like humbleness and meekness go together.  The dictionary has two definitions of meekness; one is positive and the other one very negative.  First it says that meekness is characterized by patience and long suffering.  The negative view is that it is deficient in spirit and courage.   With due respect to all, it is the first type that we are exalting.   The strong leadership that we are presenting was all very courageous people unto death. 

In modern times we would put on that list, Abraham Lincoln, Benito Juarez, Lazaro Cardenas (former presidents of Mexico) Martin Luther King Jr., and maybe John F. Kennedy and Ronald Regan.  None of these men were thieves and did not steal nor destroy their country’s treasuries.   They probably were all honest and very courageous.  Speaking the truth and refraining from lying would be part of their makeup.    Meekness is the direct opposite of pride, arrogance and stubbornness.  This positive virtue gives the person the desire to continue to learn and even be corrected.  “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge. But he who hates correction is stupid.”   (Proverbs 12:1)  

When Moses was exhausting himself by being a judge to all his people, his father-law gave him some good advice which was ready taken.  “He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.”  (Proverbs 15:32)   Reading good books and the Bible allows the reader to obtain vital information, good ideas and good advice.  “For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light.  Reproofs of instruction are the way of life.”   (Proverbs 6:23)  Jesus Christ called himself meek and lowly of heart and he invites all to learn from Him.  He treated people kindly, spoke to them kindly and serve them kindly.  When he exposed the hypocrisy of the religious leaders, He must have done it with a very gentle voice and attitude.  No hatred did ever come out of his lips.  “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.”  (Proverbs 10:12)   Here is meekness in all its gentle best. 

No other person was as meek and powerful as Jesus Christ.  He had the passion to weep with the hurting, and the courage to forgive anyone and everyone.  On the cross, He promised paradise to a dying repent sinner.  At a place in the temple court, he forgave and empowered a harlot to live a clean, holy, forgiven life.  She became an example of a forgiven hell for certain sinner.  His disciplines gave up their wrath and hatred and followed Him in all their living days as men who controlled their anger and forsook their tendency to condemn and hate. 

He said blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.  It looks like when His kingdom will finally come, all the inhabitants will be meek.  However, some of the children of the first citizens might not be like their parents.  For the followers of Jesus, meekness is not weakness but rather a powerful attitude that is in self-control while denying evil and eager to listen and learn.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.  Blessed are the are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”   (Matthew 5:6-7)
  
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