Speaker: Lukus Counterman - When poverty of spirit and mourning over sin settle deep in a person’s heart, what is the effect? Jesus introduces the third beatitude indicating that the immediate effect is to make us meek. Now the word “meekness” is difficult to define. It’s not a super-passivity or a lack of backbone. Instead it is the humble strength that belongs to the one who has learned to submit to the Lord in times of difficulty and in turn express gentleness with sinners. The person who is meek has come to understand that in everything God is working for his good. Sinclair Ferguson wrote, “There is probably no more beautiful quality in a Christian than meekness. It enhances manliness; it adorns femininity. It is a jewel polished by grace. But it is all too rare.” Our prayer this morning is that God would work this Kingdom characteristic in each of us. “Matthew 5:5 says “Blessed are the meek…” Does that describe you?