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The Strength of Meekness

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Date: May 19, 2019

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Scripture: Matthew 5:5–5:5

Why the humble will live in peace


  • Humility defines success by adherence to God-given values
  • Humility listens and learns from others

Proverbs 11:2: When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 18:15 “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

  • Humility makes space for others to flourish
  • Humility is ambitious for the flourishing of others

Philippians 2:3-5 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.” - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  • Humility marvels at the genuine strength and gentleness of God and others

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”