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Blessed Are The Meek

• Bruxy Cavey

Church history has been painted and made by angry, alpha types. Whether it was governments or church leaders, it seems that we find violent, power-hungry attitudes throughout history. In this sermon, Bruxy Cavey teaches the importance of dealing with the temptation of anger.

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Much of church history has been written by the angry, alpha types. These types of people are the kind that act on their anger and want to wield power against those that think or act differently than them. Unfortunately, this hasn’t changed much today. While most of the angry, alpha types in the church don’t have the power of the state, it seems that there is still an underlying anger and hunger for power.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek”. The Greek word for meek means gentleness, mildness of spirit, power under control, or a submitted strength. A good example of meekness is a bull. If you set a bull loose in a china shop, you will have disastrous consequences because the bull’s strength will be a detriment. However, if you put a yoke on a bull, it becomes a source of great power to do things that we normally couldn’t. Meekness is not weakness or a lack of strength. Rather, it is power under control.

America is not a nation that celebrates gentleness. It was born out of rebellion. There are no magazines or newspapers that celebrate gentleness. And while we do read stories of gentleness from time to time, most of our stories center on those that are angry or want power. Athletes, politicians, or business leaders, they all share in the common desire to exude power, but they don’t want to appear meek or gentle.

Jesus said that those who are meek will inherit the earth. It’s interesting that what the powerful fight over and never claim, Jesus promises to those who will be gentle and restrain their power. Those who don’t use anger to get what they want will inherit what the angry fight over. So, how do we be gentle? There are five main ways in which we can combat anger with gentleness.

The first is that we should be slow to get angry because it isn’t helping the way we think it is. Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. God wants the righteousness of a meek individual. The second way is to be quick to get rid of anger. Anger harms us more than we realize. When we harbor anger and are not quick to get rid of it, it gives the devil a foothold and reshapes our lives into one of anger instead of

gentleness.

The third way is to let love, not anger, be our motivation to action. Many people get angry about issues in this world, and they use that anger to motivate them to action. God calls us to action through love, not anger. The fourth way is to transmute our anger into godly sorrow, mourning, or grief. Time and again, we see a situation where God should be angry but he actually responds out of his sadness. We can mimic this in our own lives, and when we see something that makes us angry, we should turn that into a heart of sadness for the way the world is corrupted. Finally, the fifth way is to be filled with the spirit and the fruits of the spirit. The fruits of the Spirit do not include anger, so we should be quick to get rid of anger since it is not of the Holy Spirit.

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Topics: Blessings, Disciplines, Peace

Sermon Series: Blessed Revolution


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Focus Scripture:

  • Matthew 5:5-6

    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

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6 thoughts on “Blessed Are The Meek

    Solvay Peterson says: Thursday November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Thank you. This is beautiful. And beautifully answers so many questions, clarifies so many confusions. Thank you!

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    Brandon says: Thursday November 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I especially like the Bible smacking part, can we have more Bible smacking at woodland hills?

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    Michael says: Thursday November 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Replace anger for the perpetrator with sorrow and compassion for the victim. THAT is Kingdom teaching.

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    Tim says: Saturday November 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love you Bruxy! Very challenging sermon indeed. I grew up hearing the “hateful, angry” type preaching you spoke of and I don’t like it but, you can not compare talking about a subject like The Gospel(which includes eternity with God or eternal death, God dying on a cross for us…) with a mattress commercial or a math class can you? As you said Jesus called the Pharisees vipers and hypocrites as THE judge having no sin in His life as we do. But he also preached the Gospel as THE preacher and then left it to us to do afterwards even though we fall short of living it. He warned people they are on the path to hell. He said it is better to pluck out you eye and go to heaven maimed rather than go to hell whole!! So, surely, there are times God has left it to us to confront an egregious, public situation.? The disciples sure did. I agree that a preacher or any Christian shouldn’t have a hateful, judgmental attitude or tone but is calling a spade a spade in a raised voice always necessarily being hateful? I just think this is a very subjective thing. I guess I’m saying, couldn’t there be a time and place for an anointed man of God to raise his voice and/or use some terms that could sound harsh in order to communicate the most important thing one will ever hear and respond to? A loving parent will properly raise their voice to and admonish a child at times…Anyway, I love the way you and Greg challenge us 🙂

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    Denley says: Friday November 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    To Tim’s point, some people’s passion comes off looking like anger. My culture, being Black West Indian, has a lot of aggressive people. Unfortunately, it comes off appearing angry with people especially White people. I’ve had a White Christian gentleman who asked me why Black preachers are so angry. I replied, not all are angry, but many are passionate. I was glad about the honesty, but it came from a false premise.

    You can feel when someone is being angry and contemptuous versus passionate and sincere. This is where the gift of discerning spirit comes into play (1st Corinthians 12). Lord, help us not to stereotype but to communicate and live with each other in understanding, so we know the difference between anger and passion.

    Sometime our expression of love within our culture as Christians is different from other people, so we have to be sure that we do not impose our view on how a group of people should be emotive. People may look on the outside but the Lord Judges the heart.

    All in all, good message Bruxy!

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