2/14/10- Matthew 5;5- Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth (Valentine’s Day)
(King Aslan being murdered- yet rising later- Chronicles of Narnia)
Calvin abridged: Meek means people of mild and gentle dispositions who are not ready to take offense, but are prepared to endure anything than to become wicked. We would think that those who stand up for themselves against attacks, and who are quick to get revenge seem to be the ones who claim they have dominion over the earth. It seems the vengeful wolf wins over the meek sheep. But the wicked never think they are safe- and they are right. We must reckon ourselves as sheep to be a part of his flock. For those who are restless in their wickedness- though they seem to possess much, they really possess nothing. But the earth has been granted to God’s children. We receive a foretaste here of our inheritance that is to come.
Thoughts: On Valentine’s Day, it is not the selfish and self-serving who are the easiest to love. I think of the story “Beauty and the Beast.” Gaston and the Beast were both selfish. But the beast changed, and Gaston remained alienated from the girl he desired because of his pride and vengefulness. The Beast changed into someone meek because of his love. We become meek out of love for God. Anyone can strike back. But turning the other cheek takes more strength. Ghandi and Martin Luther King showed us the power of Jesus’ words that the meek shall inherit the earth. The husband know this too. The husband who proves himself right at the expense of the pride of his spouse is not going to have an easy time. But the husband who is more concerned about his wife than himself- that is the man more likely to have a good marriage and inherit the earth.
Prayer: Lord, you taught us to love by your words but also by your example. Help us to follow in your footsteps.