Friday, August 4 | Gentle and Humble in Heart
Read Matthew 11:27–30
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
These are words of Jesus inviting us to cast our burdens upon Him, find rest in Him, and learn from Him. He is gentle and humble in heart. But we know Jesus wasn’t timid or afraid. He wasn’t willing to leave people stuck in sin or unwilling to speak truth. Sometimes gentleness can be interpreted as weakness or shyness. Gentleness, though, as we see it in Jesus, is a kind of generosity of spirit that extends compassion and grace while speaking truth and standing unafraid. When we put it this way, it becomes obvious why the Holy Spirit’s guidance is so critical. It is no small task to be simultaneously truthful and gentle.
- Reflect on some situations we read about from Jesus’ life in which He is both gentle and truthful. What do you notice about those situations? (For a couple of examples, see the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4:1–26 or of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1–11.)
- How do you do with balancing truth and gentleness? Does truth come out harshly? Do you avoid telling people the truth out of fear? Spend a couple of minutes praying for what you need if these elements are out of balance.
God, thank You for the gift of Jesus. Of course, words don’t suffice to really express my gratitude. But, as best as I know how, I open my life to You and ask that You would help me model the character of Jesus. Grant me the courage to tell the truth and the grace to be gentle and generous. Fill me with love that spills over to those I encounter. May I be led in every way by Your Spirit today. Amen.
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