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Meek and Mild Jesus
Today’s Reading: Colossians 3:8–14

 
 


Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
(v. 13 NIV)


 

God loved hurting people so deeply that He entered the world as a helpless infant to rescue them. Yet sometimes we Christians question the image of Jesus that Charles Wesley described in his well-known hymn, “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild.” The emphasis on baby Jesus in the manger, separated from the all-powerful, resurrected Lord we celebrate on Easter, concerns us.

One pastor I know believes the focus on Christmas overshadows the resurrection message, so rather than sending Christmas cards to friends, his family instead mails Easter cards in the spring. Many of us want people to know that our Lord Jesus did not remain a “meek and mild” infant.

Yet Jesus was gentle, meek, patient, and kind throughout His life. Our culture associates those traits with weakness and passivity, but quite the opposite is true. Gentleness is restrained strength and requires tremendous self-control. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,” Jesus told us in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:5).

We live in tumultuous times when people rarely practice forbearance—defined as patient self-control and restraint. Gentleness and kindness are rooted in forbearance. We fool ourselves if we think we can be like Christ without following His example of loving restraint, carefully choosing our words and tempering harmful actions every day.

Imagine the difference we could make in our world if we practiced gentle forbearance this hectic Christmas season—and continued that ministry through the entire year.

 
Courageous Gentleness
by Mary Ann Froehlich
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