Each beatitude, which simply means supreme blessedness, begins with the phrase “blessed are.” These words imply that whoever participates in that right heart attitude will benefit from being in a perpetual state of receiving God's favor. It was this continual blessing that Jesus knew was going to fulfill the needs of His followers. The third beatitude is for those who are meek. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.&rdquo (5:5)
Jesus was not speaking of something that He did not model Himself. In fact, He was the perfect example of true meekness and gentleness. While He often spoke harsh and direct words to the Pharisees, He understood that their hearts were closed to the truth and refused to accept it. But to those whose hearts were open, He spoke with tender words of hope and life. And even to the receptive, He still had the incredible ability to speak the hard truth while considering the fragile state of those to whom He ministered. This kind of heart attitude is available to all who desire to learn from His example.
When interacting with other people, those who treat others with kindness are more likely to win their hearts. In so doing, they will open the door to be able to minister to them on a very personal level, even extending to them an invitation to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. The souls of those who choose to follow Christ are very precious to God, and the reward of those who help win them to Christ is very great. While the reward should not be the motivator, it still is a promise of God.
Meekness is a heart attitude that draws the attention of God, and ushers in His blessings. By making a habit of considering others before themselves, believers can be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ. As a result, they will experience and receive everything that cannot be bought: long-term friendships, reconciliation of broken relationships, salvation of loved ones, and more.