Beatitudes: 8 attitudes Jesus highlights to increase our experience of his blessing in our lives.

Key to happiness: 3. Gentleness and teachability

‘Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth. ‘ Matthew 5:5

This word ‘meek’ is used to describe God himself (Jesus: Matt21:5). Often the word ‘gentle’ is used in it’s place. It could be seen as ‘choosing to not give your full strength’ (thing a dad playing cricket with his 4-year-old son at the 4-year-old level). To be meek, means that you are willing to let go of judgements you make of others and to be willing to learn something from them. This includes fully listening so that you HEAR what they are trying to communicate.

God may use ANY situation or person to teach you something. When you don’t need to display your own strength or knowledge on the given topic, you are more likely to learn from others.  We can also remember that others will learn from us as we individually share our lives, in humility, with them.

1. Can you think of a time, person or situation where you were surprised by what you learnt?

2. Discuss what the attitude of meekness may look like within a real-life situation such as:

  • in the home
  • At work
  • With your children
  • In a ‘hub’ small group?

3.What is the difference between being a ‘doormat’ and showing meekness?

4. How might these situations improve if you show meekness?

Application/response: (‘Look out’ – what is your response to these verses)

Ask God to show you if there is a person you should seek to show more gentleness or meekness with. Ask God for wisdom to know how to grow in godly meekness.

Choose how you are to apply these verses this week.