I Am Meek, I Will Inherit the Earth

“The hearts of the meek and humble are full of joy and comfort continually.” Brigham Young (Teachings of the President,1997 p.180)

I am meek I will inherit the earth, poppy field

There is a disconnect in how the world defines meekness and how the Savior defined meekness.

A modern definition found on vocabulary.com states, “The adjective meek describes a person who is willing to go along with whatever other people want to do, like a meek classmate who won’t speak up, even when he or she is treated unfairly.” Another common definition on google stated, “quiet, gentle, easily imposed on; submissive.”

Noah Webster, in his 1828 dictionary, defined meek as

1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.

Now the man Moses was very meek above all men. Numbers 12:3.

2. Appropriately, humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, ‘Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.’ Matthew 11:29.

We need to understand meekness as the Savior lived it. Elder David A. Bednar said, “Meekness is a defining attribute of the Redeemer and is distinguished by righteous responsiveness, willing submissiveness, and strong self-restraint.” An excellent example is when the Savior was speaking to Pilate. He had the power to simply remove himself from the location or call down a legion of an angels to protect him, but he stayed. The Savior answered Pilate’s questions boldly and courageously, “to this end was I born.” He submitted to the will of His Father, but he was not passive or weak.

 

How will you develop the attribute of meekness?

I, personally, need to work on being not easily provoked, especially during the evening hours when my child are sleepy.

“Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others.”  Elder David A. Bednar

I Am Mourning with Those That Mourn

As servants of Jesus Christ we are “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.” (Mosiah 3:29). As we serve and love our friends and neighbors we are given the opportunity to mourn over and over again in different circumstances:  death of a child, spouse, sibling, or parent, loss of a job, loss of a home, a wayward child, illness, depression, loss of friendship, loss of a dream, and more.

I am mourning with those that mourn. I will be comforted.

In recent months and years I have mourned with my friends and neighbors over all these things, and more.  And I have had friends mourn with me.  Within my own struggles, I have felt great strength and unity come from the love and concern that has been shown me.

With that support, comfort, unity and love I felt at home within the community I live in, something I have rarely experienced in my nomadic life.

How have you felt comfort when mourning?

Choosing the Kingdom of Heaven

“Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 3 Nephi 12:3

Choosing to be Humble

Maintaining humility can be a challenge.

How do we choose to be humble?

How often are we compelled to be humble?

Our level of humility — how much we acknowledge our dependence on God — can vary day to day.  Our righteous daily habits help us to choose to be humble.

What do you do to choose to be humble?

  • Scripture study
  • Prayer
  • Partaking of the Sacrament
  • Temple attendance
  • Family History work
  • Serving in children
  • Remember the Savior
  • Nature and Exercise

In effect, obedience to any commandment is choosing to be humble.

And humility leads to eternal life — living with our Heavenly Parents and our Savior in the Kingdom of Heaven.

I Am Poor in Spirit

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

Because of the word poor, I have struggled to understand what poor in spirit means.

My natural inclination is to think of poverty. Or, more personally, that I am a broken person – through sin or life experiences.  But, this does not match the other Christlike characteristics with the Beatitudes, or describe someone who will receive the kingdom of Heaven.

So what does it mean to be poor in spirit?

It means to be humble.

“Humility is to recognize gratefully your dependence on the Lord – to understand that you have constant need for his support.”  (True to the Faith, p. 86)

What comes of being humble?

Humility can lead to healing!

After Solomon dedicated the temple, the Lord accepted it and made the promise to heal the land.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

All healing, especially healing of the soul, requires humility.

We need humility to recognize and accept our mistakes, our sins, our shortcomings, and are weaknesses.

It takes humility to change.

When we act upon that knowledge and desire to change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,  He will heal us.

How has humility helped you change and heal?

The Beatitudes Affirmations

As dawn begins, each day can begin with hope.  Hope that we will be a little better, a little more Christlike.  As we strive to emulate Christ we must make daily concerted effort.  Affirmations can help us as we transform.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul states, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 

As we begin to define ourselves we will become a new person in Christ.  In the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior defines many characteristics that we need to make our own.

The Beatitude Affirmations

I AM poor in spirit.

I will receive the kingdom of Heaven.

I AM mourning with those that mourn.

I will be comforted.

I AM meek.

I will inherit the earth.

I AM hungering and thirsting after righteousness.

I will be filled with the Holy Ghost.

I AM merciful.

I will obtain mercy.

I AM the pure in heart.

I will see God.

I AM a peacemaker.

I will be called a child of God.

I AM willing to be persecuted for Jesus’s name.

I will have great joy.

I will be exceedingly glad, for great

shall be my reward in Heaven.

I AM the salt of the earth.

I AM the light upon the hill.