Rethinking Happiness: Happy people are not big-headed
Read Matthew 5:5 and Psalm 37:11
1.What’s your first reaction to the word “meek”? Why, in our culture, is it one of the least desirable traits of the Beatitudes? How do you personally feel about being meek?
2.In the secular Greek of the day, the word praeis (meek) was sometimes used to describe animals, such as a big, strong stallion, whose naturally wild spirit had to be subdued by a trainer so that their strength could become useful. It was strength under control. So, one way to think of meekness is just that: strength under submission.” How would you feel about being described as a strong stallion that is being trained by God?
3.Meekness involves being quiet and gentle at the right times and showing godly assertion at the right times. How well do you strike this balance?
4.Meekness involves giving up control, so that God can give us a true sense of security. How do you do with giving up control and allowing God to make you secure?
5.The verses above show that meekness brings the good life because the meek are in a position to receive or “inherit” from God. How difficult is it in our U.S. culture, especially in Southern California, to see ourselves as a receiver more than an earner in our relationship with God? Discuss.
6.Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle (praeis, meek), and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29). This verse talks about a vulnerable submission to the loving embrace of Jesus, who is the ultimate example of meekness. What gets in the way of you being totally vulnerable with him, surrendering control of every area of your life?
7.How does it help to meditate on the way that Jesus submitted his power and control on the cross in order to pursue relationship with you?