Daily Message – February 24th, 2015
Yesterday I had a conversation with the kids about meekness and what it means. Surely when the Savior said “the meek shall inherit the earth” he wasn’t using the most common modern interpretation of the term:
When I looked this up there was one definition that caught my eye – the one marked “obsolete”.
Kindness, patience, and humility are all synonyms of the meekness used in the bible. Neal A. Maxwell described this well in his talk “Meekness – A Dimension of True Discipleship“. No one would accuse the Savior of being a pushover or passive. He was strong and courageous defending the truth, but He did it in a respectful, loving way – the opposite of the violent nature we often display when we disagree with something. The Savior was submissive to the will of His Father, and His Father’s commandments. He was not submissive or passive towards those who disagreed with Him or fought against Him. Even on the cross His submissiveness was a symbol of His obedience and refusal to conform. He hung on the cross in defiance to the sinful world as an expression of his love and compassion – true meekness!
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the true definition of the term meekness is regarded as “obsolete”. It is incumbent on us to show the world what meekness truly is. To be gentle, kind and loving in nature should be more highly valued than selfish aggression and violence. We must follow the true path and demonstrate our devotion to Christ through our thoughts, words, and deeds because He will keep his promise – the meek will inherit the earth through His gospel.