Are You Strong Enough to Be Meek?

By the late Rev. McGowan 

What’s wrong with meekness?  Is the meek man a Milquetoast who is
too spineless and weak-kneed to face up to the battle of life?  
This is the false face of meekness spread by our TV and modern 
novels.  Life to them is an “asphalt jungle” where every 
difference is settled by a six-gun or a pair of fists.  
Strength is equated with violence and brutality.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  The meek man has the 
courage of the martyrs, the reverence of the poet, and the 
patience of a saint in his make-up.  Meekness is the son of 
self-conquest and father of self-control.  The meek man has 
studied hard in the school of Christ Crucified, who was meek and 
humble of heart.

You don’t really need a show of force, or external bluster, or a 
display of self-righteousness to overwhelm those who do you wrong.  
You must overcome your enemies with the force of the divine life 
that flows in and through you.  You must conquer the world-and 
your enemies-with the love of Christ.

Have you noticed that the most excessive demands always seem  
to be made on you when you’re at your physical or nervous worst?  
Remember that our Lord rebuked His apostles for trying to spare 
Him from the thoughtless crowds that pressed about Him following 
an exhausting apostolic day: “Suffer the little children to come 
unto me and forbid them not,” He commanded them.

What do you do when insulted or rejected by otherwise good 
people?  Perhaps even by those you love?  Recall what Christ said 
to the Apostles who wanted to rain down fires from heaven on the 
cities that refused Him entrance.  He warned them that they knew 
not of what spirit they were. (Luke 19:55).

What happens when a trusted confidant or friend betrays you in 
speech or action?  Peter, who swore he would go to the death with 
the Savior, betrayed Him in His hour of greatest need.  Yet 
Christ’s only rebuke was a look of infinite tenderness and meek 
forgiveness.  Was it any wonder that this look brought tears of 
immediate repentance?

The truth is that even a little meekness takes a lot of strength.  
Now, more than ever, the world filled with so much violence needs 
truly meek men.  The times call for the manliness of meekness 
more than the false courage of violence and uncontrolled anger.  
We need the self-conquest of meekness more than the 
self-centeredness of hate and brutality.  We need the meekness 
and humility of Christ.

Helps to Meekness:

1-Reverence every other person, regardless of race, color of 
skin, or religious background, as a child of God and a potential 
saint.

2-Compassionate with the weaknesses and faults of others no matter 
how vicious and mean.  Begin at home, remembering that no once can 
hurt you when you are truly meek.

3-When your best efforts are unappreciated, or your wise counsel 
is ignored, go your way in peace.  Prayer is another tool of 
meekness that heals and wins souls after words and actions have 
failed.

Finally, pray for the courage to be meek.  And remember that 
there’s no victory that is sweeter than the conquest of self!

With special thanks to: http://www.cukierski.net

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