“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
Pride comes before destruction. It does not come so suddenly or in a hurry. It slips in gradually without any invitation. And a man who permits pride to rule his life should be very careful. There is no profit in it. There are no positive results in pride. All that comes out of it brings in lots and lots of headaches.
Whereas being humble, having that large dose of humility can creates brighter world for you even beyond your imagination. I don’t want you to confuse humility with foolishness. That you are humbled does not mean you should give free chances to nonsense. Being humble will not give you that space to put up ‘show offs’ or derive enormous delight in pride.
Jesus Christ humbled himself throughout His life on earth. And for this, many failed to understand whom He is until after He left them. Today, He keeps telling us through His Word that we must be like Him. Our world becomes better when we apply these simple principles, which are clearly written in the above verse.
Let me quickly break down the remaining,
— Gentle – It does not say you should let loose your guard. It just wants you to have compassion. Without this, you won’t understand the rudiment of the gospel. Compassion brings out the positive sides inside you. I mean ‘GENUINE’ compassion for life, for people, and for whatever is going on around you. When your heart is stoned cold, how can God dwells in you?
— Patient – A length of time is nothing in the eyes of God. He sees you. He knows what you want and He knows the best time, the appropriate time for that. So do not be in a hurry. You won’t get far when you are always in haste with life. Don’t lose focus. Don’t lose hope. Just stay calm, take it easy and never cease to pray. I mean – RELAX!
— Love – The greatest of all commandments and the best of all. Unfortunately, many have taken advantaged of this in bad ways. Love of God is agape love and if you sincerely have this in your life and apply it daily, then you are surely pronouncing the gospel of our Lord. Love people with extreme genuineness even when it is too hard for you to do this. Love people for whom they are. Love people because you truly love them and not because you want to gain something out of them. Love and never stop loving.