The Beatitudes of Meekness and Righteousness

In today’s blog, we will continue to look at the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. God gave us the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament to instruct us in what we should not do in our lives; the “Do Not” statements. Centuries later, Jesus gives us the Beatitudes in the New Testament to guide us with the “Should Do” statements. I love the contrast between the laws of the Old Testament rules and the guidance for a peaceful life under the Grace given in the New Testament. Jesus removed the yoke of the Old Testament laws and offered us the new requirements of love and grace in the Beatitudes.

Jesus removed the yoke of the Old Testament laws and offered us the new requirements of love and grace in the Beatitudes. Click To Tweet


As we continue to take the next steps of this journey into the Beatitudes, we come across “The Meek.” Society today uses the work meek to describe a shy, mousy person. This description remains far from the way the Bible talks about it. Self-controlled, obedient and submissive to the ways of Christ better describes a meek Christian. Another explanation might be a humble person who thinks of others first. Jesus wants us to be meek, especially in our world today, when so many seek to satisfy their needs above all else. God promises a grand inheritance for the meek in the next world. And those who live meekly in today’s environment will leave behind a better world for those who follow.


Our next Beatitude looks at how we should view righteousness. God calls us to hunger after justice and righteousness. We must stand up for poor and the oppressed. But, this is more than just tweeting or posting about these problems. God wants us to step into the lives of those who suffer and help to shoulder their burdens. James 1:27 reminds us that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Those who help someone in distress will be satisfied by God. Don’t we feel better after helping someone else, like serving Thanksgiving meals at a homeless shelter? That is part of the reward God offers us when we seek His justice.

God wants us to step into the lives of those who suffer and help to shoulder their burdens. Click To Tweet

The two Beatitudes we explored last week told us how we should feel about our world. The condition of our society should grieve us and compel us to make a difference. The two Beatitudes for today remind us of our attitude towards the world. We should remain self-controlled in all circumstances, and we should help those around us.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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19 thoughts on “The Beatitudes of Meekness and Righteousness

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I pray that we all open our hearts and minds to find ways to help others. Great message.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you

  2. So glad I’m reading this series, Yvonne. Thanks for doing it. Love these thoughts so much. “God calls us to hunger after justice and righteousness. We must stand up for poor and the oppressed. But, this is more than just tweeting or posting about these problems. God wants us to step into the lives of those who suffer and help to shoulder their burdens.”

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Karen

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks

  3. Annie Rim – Denver – Welcome! I live in Colorado with my family and have taught in the classroom, at an art museum, and now in the playroom. I reflect about life, faith, and books here on my blog.
    Annie Rim

    Blessed are the Oppressed is so tricky in today’s age, isn’t it? On the one hand, we know more and can help better. On the other, the same tools that help spread the word make us lazier. I’m learning to pause and look closely…

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen

  4. Lynn J Simpson – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – A life coach, writer, and photographer, I love to share information including pretty finds! I love books, music, nature, flowers, and all things pretty. A mom, grandma, and career girl, learning life one step at a time.
    Lynn J Simpson

    Our world can be around ‘what will I get if….” But God understands our hearts the best and knows from being meek we actually grow our love for Him, others, and ourselves. So much of Jesus’ words guide us this way and I thank you for sharing this message here.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So true. Thanks

  5. ordinarilyextraordinarymom – New Orleans, LA – My name is Brittany Bonnaffons, and I feel like I should have life figured out by now. I also feel like the world judges us by unrealistic standards. I have dedicated this blog to challenging standards and instead embracing yourself for who you are - ordinarily extraordinary.
    ordinarilyextraordinarymom

    I like that you point out how Jesus shows us what He wants us to do and who He wants us to be. So many Christians leave the church when it becomes a list of rules and things “Christians” should not be doing. May we continue to live lives that show qualities of what true Christians are and should be.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Our attitudes and our actions – these beatitudes inform us how we should now live. You did a superb job explaining these in a manner that is immediately applicable! Well done!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks so much.

  7. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    “Another explanation might be a humble person who thinks of others first.” I am too often amazed at the ease at which others see another’s need before it occurs to me. Oh, Lord help me in that regard. Thanks for a great post! God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you

  8. I love what you write, “The condition of our society should grieve us and compel us to make a difference.” This statement is motivating. Rather than complain about the condition of our society or feel hopeless over it, it’s better to ask how can we do something that brings hope. Great post, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen

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