Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus is specifically telling us that in addition to taking his yoke, he wants us to learn from his gentleness and humility. Jesus was so gentle and humble that in spite of all the opposition, He wasn’t tempted to sin. He responded without reacting to people!
Harshness fires people up with wrath, but gentleness keeps relationships calm and steady. It allows our souls to be at rest because we are not in a fighting mode with God or with man. When we are harsh, we provoke others into an adverse response. We are stirring up sin and evil behavior rather than bringing an atmosphere of peace and gentleness. Meekness provides a safe place for people to open up and make themselves vulnerable.
It’s a lie to think that we have to be loud, rough, or curt to make our voices heard. If what we say is led by the Lord, then the Lord will make sure that His word will not return void to him. He will defend His word! If the words we are speaking are just our own ideas or somebody else’s ideas, then we should slow down and not take the matters into our own hands. We need to find out what God says about the situation, and how He wants us to handle it. It takes a long time to build good and strong relationships, but it takes a moment to tear them down!
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
When it comes to spiritual inheritance, we may think that we have to fight battles against the people and the enemy to possess the land by force. While there is a fighting element in our spiritual walk, but we fight with meekness not harshness! The above scripture tells us that our inheritance comes when we are meek. Meekness allows us not to get out of control but remain in the spirit regardless of difficulty or opposition. We possess our own souls by not allowing it to destroy relationships. In the process, God opens the door and backs up by giving us more peace, joy, revelation, power, and authority to do God’s work and bring His kingdom and His will on the earth. He also increases our inheritance by giving us greater influence in the lives of those around us.
Meekness is part of God’s nature and it is our inheritance! Ask God to help you become more meek. Look out for those tests that will come, which will try to push you into your old nature by getting you angry or harsh. Use them to exercise meekness by His power! Praise God!