The Role of Humility
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Ephesians 4:2-3 GW Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives.
Humble is not what our culture encourages. Instead, we're supposed to be assertive, making sure no one runs over us or pushes us around. There is a place and time to stand up, but too many times we bulldoze our way through a situation, causing hurt and confusion, when wisdom,patience would have achieved the same thing--but with peace and unity rather than hurt and destruction.
When Florence Nightingale was sent out during the Crimea War as a nurse to help the soldiers, the doctors resisted her attempts to make changes. Though she had the backing of the English government, she didn't use her authority to force the doctors. Instead, she led her nurses, showing a better way with patience and respect. In doing so she not only helped the plight of the soldiers, but helped change the way the doctors practiced their profession.
Humble doesn't have to be a position of weakness. It is the position of those in the right who also show and know respect for others.
V.12-13 Their purpose is to prepare God's people, to serve, and to build up the body of Christ. This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God's Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.
V.15 Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.
Posted by Carolyn R Scheidies
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