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  • Gentle and Humble

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    7 posts, 7 voices, 784 views, started Jul 31, 2011

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Denise Richardson


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      "Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29, NLT

      If anyone has the right to NOT be humble, it's Jesus. This is the guy who fed thousands with just a loaf of bread and a fish, turned water into wine, walked on water, and raised people from the dead. Not a good enough resume? How about this: Through Him all things were made, and from Him all the light that shines emanates! (John 1)

      Jesus is God, but nevertheless He "gave up his divine privileges" and "took the humble position of a slave." (Philippians 2:7)

      Jesus also has the right to NOT be gentle as he looks around and sees such immorality and lack of faith in the world. Jesus signed in exasperation at the lack of faith that he saw around him. (Mark 8:12) Yet Jesus is rightly described as being "gentle and humble in heart." (Matthew 11:29)

      We may have many reasons to be proud. Perhaps we have a successful business, or have been blessed with a wonderful family, or have been gifted with a special talent in music or art. Despite this we must remain humble, because "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

      And we may have many reasons to be ruthless. Maybe someone treated us unfairly, or we've had a really bad day. But "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." (1 John 3:16)

      The path to humility and gentleness is clear. The signs all point in the same direction: Allow Jesus to teach us to become more like Him. "I have set you an example," says Jesus, "that you should do as I have done for you." (John 13:15) It may not happen overnight. Or over many nights. But by diligently remaining focused on God's Word and patiently pondering the life of Christ, it will certainly, perhaps little by little, begin to happen. You too can become humble and gentle at heart.

      Question: Are you gentle and humble in heart? How can we further our goal to be more like Jesus in this regard?

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