3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
The fruit of the spirit are communicable attributes of God
They have already been placed in us by the Holy Spirit
The closer we are to God, the more these attributes shine through
All attributes are interconnected
Gentleness is not a solo thing – it’s linked with the others
When you look at the word gentleness, it’s actually meekness, humility
Meek will inherit the earth
A controlled desire to see other’s interest advance ahead of one’s own
Self control develops when we surrender our control
In the Greek, meek was used to describe trained animals with bits in their mouths
A meek person is very strong on the inside
A meek person is able to restrain their strength for the pursuit of a higher purpose
Begins with trust in God, emerges out of a submitting alliance with God
The meek are blessed because their future is in the hands of the Father and they know it
I don’t have to compete or scheme
New craze – life lists, bucket lists
Drink 2 bottles of water, lose weight, make a million
Leave it to North Americans to make life a tasklist, to take the fun out of fun
The words of Jesus are so countercultural
Blessed when you’re persecuted for my sake
Culture screams that meek is weak
28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”
Try to set lists aside on the sabbath and not let them control me
The world will try to tell you that Monday will suck if you don’t work and produce
Today is the day that I will set aside for my family, my home
Place ourselves under the burden of Jesus
What are we teaching our children? Accomplish, produce, create, achieve
Today we’re going to develop meekness and patience as a family
Think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey – not a stallion or brilliant white horse
Gentle but controlled
Washing His disciples’ feet at the end of a long day
It’s so easy to go after people with violence
1 Peter 2:23
Jesus yielded Himself to uneven treatment
Garden of Gesthemane – Father not my will but thine be done
Great strength for Jesus came from surrender to the judge who judges justly, to God
So much freedom in His hands
Leo Tolstoy – Russian peasant
Meekness means you don’t have to win every argument, you don’t have to compromise your religion to get ahead in life
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth
Meekness is having hands that are extended toward God instead of grasping after lesser things – hands that are open to recieve whatever God gives, instead of clingig tightly to something they think they need
Christian University in Indiana receives it’s first student from Africa
If there’s a room that no else wants, give that room to me
If there is a sacrifice that I can help you bear
We’re not guilty or manipulative
When my heart is surrendered to God…
God loves the surrendered heart
The yoke is something that God also uses to control us, so that He can lead us
Meek and lowly in heart
Strength and confidence in His heart
What does that mean, inherit the earth
Not the world, that’s a mindset
His glory fills the entire Earth
All my goodness/fullness is in the earth
More about being than doing
You have got to be rightly related to those whom you inherit from
Surrender – God always gives what’s best to those who leave the choice to Him
Those of us who say God gives best – those of us who are blessed
To take your hopes and dreams and put them back into the hands of the Father
Find a sabbath day where you don’t follow your lists
Gentleness, strength and control
Christ why won’t you come down and save yourself
Christ could have just been their savior
But He took God’s wrath