(12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
It reminds me of how my oldest son once said he hoped to one day be president (or a supervisor of people) so he could tell them what to do. It’s funny coming from a little boy but at the same time it makes you think too. Why do we want the things we seek after? It’s a hard pill to swallow but truth is there are times when having what we want just isn’t the best for us. We need to be considerate, show compassion, be gentle. What do we do and how does it (or doesn’t it) show Jesus in me. Sometimes I think I am the last person who shows Him in my life. In fact there are days I am sure He is shaking HIS head, wagging a finger at me! (maybe He is – thank you Jesus for loving me still)
“For He is high above the nations; His glory is far greater than the heavens. Who can be compared with God enthroned on high? Far below Him are heavens and the earth; He stoops to look, and lifts the poor from the dirt”
Psalm 138:6: “Yet though He is so great, He respects the humble, but proud men must keep their distance”
Am I humble enough? Can we be too humble? And is there a right and wrong way to be humble? I tend to over-think things like this. I want to do it “just right”. So desperately do I want to show Him in my life; I sometimes stop leaning on Him and start checking my list, two or three times….Running through all that He does and all that He doesn’t do. Jesus does not swear, not ever. Jesus never gets frustrated and He never raises His voice. It is so easy to deceive ourselves; to follow the multitudes who believe that is all about love and a love that is tolerant and accepting of everyone and everything.
Truth is He was humble; He spoke truth. And yet He lost His temper. Yet He did not sin in His anger. There were the Pharisees who would not answer the questions He asked of them (“He looked around at them in anger, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts” (Mark 3:5). And what when He cleared the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers, some great anger shown there (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22). In fact it was called zeal. It was a holy anger; a sadness for what others could not see or understand.
And so how can we be humble when we experience that righteous anger? (if our anger is indeed righteous) The Bible describes humility as a meekness, lowliness and absence of self. The Greek word “humility” in Colossians 3:12 and means “lowliness of mind.” So it’s a heart attitude, we must examine within and without. It seems impossible right? Especially today; so many things that come against us daily. It’s an all out war on the faith and that’s not including professing Christians. God has promised to give grace to the humble, while He opposes the proud (Proverbs 3:34). This is why we need to know His word. It is why we must hide it in our hearts; use it as a lamp to guide our feet. This is a truth that sets us free. We can drop the burden of “I can’t” because His word says we can. And God is not a liar. 🙂
Jesus said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.'”
“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.”
Let us seek to serve; to show a humble heart for out of a good heart are good things seen, and spoken. We must always examine our hearts that we are doing it all for Him. Let us seek to have not just a heart for Him but also to show that heart.