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Does it mean being "weak"? "Timid"? Let's find out.

By Pieter Kirstein’s Friend



"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." — Matthew 5:5



The word translated "meek" is the Greek πραεῖς ("praus"). It was borrowed from the military and relates to horse training.



The ancient Greeks would find the wildest horses in the mountains and bring them to be broken-in. After months of training they sorted the horses into categories: some were discarded, some broken and made useful for bearing burdens, some were useful for ordinary duty and the fewest of all graduated as war horses. 



When a horse passed the conditioning required for a war horse, its state was described as "praus," [that is, meek]. The war horse had "power under authority," "strength under control.”



A war horse never ceased to be determined, strong and passionate. However, it learned to bring its nature under discipline. It gave up being wild, unruly, out of control and rebellious.


A war horse learned to bring that nature under control. It would now respond to the slightest touch of the rider, stand in the face of cannon fire, thunder into battle and stop at a whisper. It was now "meek." Aristotle said that the praus person is one who has the virtue of the mean between two extremes.



If recklessness were on one end and cowardice on the other, praus might be characterized as steady courage. For example, a meek person doesn’t shy away from taking a stand. Rather, the stand is taken at the right time, with the right people, in the right way. He or she submits or constrains power for greater effect on self and others. 



It is carrying a sword, but knowing when to unsheathe it. So meekness and gentleness, properly understood within their right biblical contexts, are calls to develop an intense and passionate devotion to the things of God, so as to develop a formidable strength within the arena of spiritual warfare.



"Meekness is a rock overlooking the sea of anger, which breaks all the waves that dash against it, yet remains completely unmoved." — St. John Climacus



Pure calm, self-restraint, and detachment is the not only the biblical but, also the ancient Greek definition of meekness, not timidity or weakness.



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17.03 | 00:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

16.03 | 15:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

11.01 | 20:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

12.12 | 00:13

Shavua Tov

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