As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The empty tomb of Easter reminds all of us the new life that God has offered us in Jesus Christ.
As we get ready to face today, what will it look like if I clothe myself with meekness?
We may recognize the word meek from a description of Moses, or from the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), where Jesus quotes Psalm 37:11 “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
One biblical commentator has written in regards to that passage: “Like Moses and Jesus, the meek who will inherit the earth are nonviolent people, who are humble and gentle in their dealings with others because they have humbled themselves before the greatness of God.” (Douglas R. A. Hare, Interpretation Commentary Series on Matthew)
If we don’t revel in being seen as meek, could we try to be more gentle in our dealings today with others? Gentleness may be a good approach.
God, make me the kind of gentleman (or gentlewoman) that others hope for in their dealings. Let me see the blessings of such meekness, as I follow “Gentle Jesus” as my Lord. Amen.