Words from the Heart for Saturday March 6th, 2021
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 (NIV)
According to the website of Canada’s Department of National Defence: “Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged is based on a long-term vision and features the flexibility to respond to a changing world. The Department of National Defence remains committed to the significant and strategic long-term investments that will ensure the Canadian Armed Forces continues to function as an agile, and combat-ready force, capable of making tangible contributions and delivering on its commitments at home and around the world.”
The English language can be difficult and confusing. Because there are more exceptions to the rules than rules themselves and because English has borrowed from so many other languages, often words sound alike that have totally different meanings. Over time we come to assume that because they sound alike, they have similar meanings, when in fact they do not. Take the words weak and meek for example. Many of you assume these two words both describe someone or something that is not strong. So, when you think about someone being meek, you see them as being a doormat, a weakling. Meek, in fact, means something altogether different. Let me describe it this way. When a wild stallion is captured and is being tamed, it is called meeking. The trainer doesn’t want that majestic animal to become weak – he wants that incredible power to be under control. That is the meaning of meekness – strength under control. Which is what Jesus meant when He said in Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” When we place ourselves under the control of Jesus Christ, He takes our strength and trains us to use it for His glory and for the blessing of others.
These have been words from the heart.