Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
"Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)
Mildness, or gentleness, is reflected in our conduct with regard to fellow humans. For instance, we “return evil for evil to no one.” (Romans 12:17-19) Having Christlike mildness makes us pleasant and spiritually upbuilding members of the congregation. Mildness is part of the fruitage that God’s active force produces within us if we ‘live and walk by spirit.’ (Galatians 5:22-25) Surely we want to be counted among the mild-tempered individuals led by Jehovah’s holy spirit! Jesus, who was “mild-tempered and lowly in heart,” is the principal Inheritor of the earth. (Matthew 11:29; Hebrews 1:2; Psalm 2:8) As “joint heirs with Christ,” 144,000 mild-tempered anointed ones will share in Jesus’ inheritance of the earth. (Romans 8:16, 17; Revelation 14:1) Other mild-tempered ones will be blessed with everlasting life in the earthly realm of the Kingdom.—Psalm 37:11.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 1:3-5)