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Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

With Barry Fraser

One of the blessings that Jesus pronounced during his teaching on the mountainside in Galilee has often been misunderstood.  In Matthew chapter 5, verse 5, we read; "Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth."

Many people when they hear the word "meek" associate it with being weak or ineffective.  However, the true definition of meekness is an attitude of humility towards God, and gentleness towards people.  If someone has done wrong or offended us, then we are to deal with that person gently.  There is no need to be aggressive.  There is strength of character in remaining calm.

The apostle Paul describes the character of good leaders in Galatians 5:22 & 23, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."  These are the attributes we strive for.

If we are meek, willing to suffer opposition for standing up for what is right and honorable, then we will "inherit the earth."

We are blessed to live in Belize, a country that has been endowed by God with natural beauty and valuable resources.  If it is managed correctly, the land will produce enough crops to feed the population. Oil production brings foreign exchange.  Our resorts make this nation an attractive tourist destination.

Our government is trusted with the task of developing this inheritance, so that all its residents can improve their quality of life.  It's a challenging task and it requires all of us to work with the authorities that God has permitted to govern this land.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Titus 3:1, "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone."

If we follow this advice, we will have a beautiful inheritance to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

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