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Spice Up Your Marriage

In the middle of the beatitudes Christ says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matt 5:5).”Well, if the meek are blessed, it must be pretty important! However, many do not truly understand what meekness is. If you are the majority, you probably think that it means being shy. According to the dictionary, the word “meek” means “ humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.” No wonder why Christ makes it a point to call them blessed. Meek people respond respectfully towards those who are provoking them. Meek people have an extra dose of the patience; they use patience when they want to blow their top!

No one likes being prodded and provoked by someone who is trying to get a rise out of you. Naturally, our human fallen nature wants to respond by lashing out and giving that person a piece of our mind! This is not the Christian nature we are supposed to adopt. Not only should we be meek because it is what Christ calls us too, but we should also be meek to get along better with others. A meek person is not hot-headed or temperamental; a meek person brings calmness into a room. Meekness desires peacefulness. Meekness calmly dispels an irrupting argument by showing cool restraint.

Wow! When you study meekness it seems pretty vital. Again, no wonder why God emphasized its importance. Imagine what purpose meekness would serve in a marriage. Imagine what would happen if you became a meeker spouse. The arguments would not be as fatal. The fights would not be as dramatic. Who knows, maybe your marriage would become more peaceful and enjoyable. We do have a promise from God that the meek will be blessed. Try it! Spice up your marriage with a dose of meekness!

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