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The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

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REV. HENRY WOODWARD, A.M.



St. Matthew v. 5.
Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth.
REV. HENRY WOODWARD, A.M.



St. Matthew v. 5.
Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth.

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THE MEEK SHALL IHERIT THE EARTHREV. HERY WOODWARD, A.M.St. Matthew v. 5.Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth.That the meek, the mild, and the gentle should bein a peculiar sense the care of heaven, is a truth which,even if it had not been revealed, all men would beready to admit. It might, however, be natural tosuppose that persons of this class must, even more thanothers, look for their reward in softer regions, and inclimes more congenial than the present world. It mightbe thought, that for brisker spirits and more resistingtempers, the good things of this life were more attain-able; that amidst the oppositions of interest and thecollisions of efifort — that in that race of rivalship whichso many are running, and where the prizes are so few,the gentle must be thrust aside, and the meek-spiriteddecline the contest. And so it would be, in a greatmeasure, if happiness consisted in objects of outwardsplendour and vain ambition.But in the words before us we are taught a fardifferent lesson. We are told that the meek are happy,and that to such a temper and disposition of the soulbelongs, in a peculiar manner, not merely happiness inreversion, but happiness in present possession ; in a word.SERMO II. ISthe utmost enjoyment allotted to man while here below.Blessed are tlie meek^ for tliey s/iall in/ierit t/ie earth. Letus then devote the opportunity now afforded us to a fewreflections on so calm and delightful a subject.
 
In the first place, meekness tends to promote thecomfort and enjoyment of our condition, by disposingus to live peaceably with those around us, and therebyinclining t/iem to live peaceably with us.There are, no doubt, some spirits so contrary^ as theapostle speaks, to all men; so indisposed to fair adjust-ment and candid explanation, that it is hard for theutmost gentleness to allay such ruffled waters. Andthough there is a wisdom in meekness, which discernsthe obvious duty of withdrawing ourselves, when we can,from such society, yet, nevertheless. Providence notunfrequently forbids the extrication ; and God at timesconstrains His children to dwell with Mesech, and tohave their habitation among the tents of Kedar; evento take their lot with them that are enemies unto peace.In these most trying circumstances, however, the Christ-ian can at least possess his soul in patience. A softanswer turneth away wrath : for where the fire is nou-rished by no fuel, it soon goes out. In failure of allsecondary means, God Himself arises to help the meek upon earth : and where the ways of a man please theLord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace withhim.But the truth is, such unreasonable spirits are notfrequently to be met with. In many of the disputesthat arise, both parties are to blame ; not always inthe same degree, but still something is contributed oneither side to foment the quarrel. But in proportion aswe are truly meek, no provocation will arise on our part.1 6 SERMO II.There will be no conflicting of pride with pride. Thatuneasy passion cannot endure a rival. The proud manmust have the whole field to himself. And when his
 
restless movements come in contact with a mind asunyielding and unbending as his own; thence arisethose deadly hates, and those interminable contests,which fill the earth with violence. But it is well knownthat those who are proud themselves, love and admirehumility in others. Upon the soft green of meeknessthe sleepless eye of fevered passion will sometimesdelight to dwell. To turn aside from the face of defiance, of rivalship and hostility, and look upon thatcountenance which speaks peace and good-will to all,will give at least a momentary calm to bosoms whichtoo often heave with the swellings of disappointmentand of wounded passion.It is thus that the meek dwell in quiet habitations,and in a peaceful atmosphere of their own creating.The proud, the high-spirited, the men that will bend tono one else will often bend to them. They will begentle to the gentle, and change their nature whenbrought into contact with the meek. They will layaside their arms with those in whose hands they see noweapons of defiance. They will delight in honouringthose men whom they see inclined to take the lowestroom. They will often wonder at the excellent spiritthat dwells within them. They will contrast the stormswhich blow upon the summits to which the proudaspire, with the serenity of those souls which dwell inthe peaceful vales of humility and meekness. Theywill testify to the superior condition of the meek, witha conviction scarce less piercing to the soul than that of the rich man, who, being in hell, lifted up his eyes, andSERMO II. \^saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. ay,from admiring, they will, in some happy instances, pro-ceed to imitating. They will (if it be right so to ac-commodate these words) learn of those who are meek 

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