Completely humble and gentle

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Ephesians 4:2  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” 

The Apostle Paul writing to the church in Ephesus exhorts Christ-followers to “be completely humble and gentle.”  That’s a curious phrase. To be completely “anything” requires a total commitment. You see in reality, I’m sometimes humble and sometimes gentle, except when I’m not. In other words, when it doesn’t fit my agenda or when it appears weak and impotent. Otherwise, I’m “completely humble and gentle.”

I think this reflects a bigger issue. We all make it a regular habit to “edit” the Bible when it serves our interests. When the words of the Bible are too difficult or too demanding, we tend to mentally edit those parts that might be tougher than others. In this particular situation, to commit to anything completely means just that…it’s a commitment. It must be a decision of choice or will. That’s what a commitment is.

Could it be that complete humility and gentleness is more compelling to others than we might think? It actually isn’t weak at all. English writer, John Ruskin, said “I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.” American author, Leonardo Buscaglia, reminded many that “Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”

Ok. What about you?

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