“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” (Eph. 4:2)
Paul is giving the Ephesian church some ways in which they can participate in a worthy manner walk. The first step, with all humility and gentleness. There is no self-pride in the Christian walk. There is no boasting in faith or works for the faithful saints. The saints are humble and gentle people who are always looking out for others. Their worthy walk is a manner of the quiet and peaceful spirit. It is a walk which puts God first, others second and self, last.
“And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8 NASU
There is a tendency perhaps when standing next to Superman or Wonderwoman to flex our own muscle. But being with a superhero does not make you a hero. The fact that we serve a powerful, majestic God does not give us the right to boast. Yes, we walk with the God of creation, the sustainer of life and the giver of eternal life but we are incapable of any of those things. He is great we are not. To God be the glory and let us stay in the shadow of his wings with all humility and gentleness.
Suppose you were asked to define a person whose best know traits were humility and gentleness? What sort of adjectives would you use? How would you paint them in a drawing or portray them in a movie?
I hope you didn’t think weakling or milk toast. You didn’t paint them neutral did you or portray them as zero? That’s not the necessary picture of someone who is all humility and gentleness. Jesus was both but he wasn’t a zero or neutral. He was no weakling on the cross or milk toast before Pilate. Jesus was a man. He was the son of God. We walk a worthy manner by being like him. He put God and others first. That’s true humility. He healed and touched with kindness and gentleness. Though reviled he blessed and though scourged he forgave.
Jesus gave us his glory in heaven and became a man. He humbled himself and bore the cross. He is best described as a lamb. All humility and gentleness are present in the life of Jesus. It’s how we can walk in a manner worthy of his calling us. All humility and gentleness may lead to love but it is certain that true love leads to all humility and gentleness.
Do we treat people around us with love? If the answer is yes then they will portray us as a person of all humility and gentleness.