For the past two days I’ve spoken about peace. And, more specifically, the peace that only Jesus can give.
For those of us who have come to know and follow Jesus, this should fill us with great…
Not superiority. Not arrogance. Not self-righteousness.
In the same biblical book where we are told that Jesus is God in “bodily form” (Colossians 2:9), that he is to have “the supremacy” (1:18), and that he comes to “reconcile to himself all things” (1:20), we are also told to clothe ourselves “with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
So to guard against arrogance, here’s an idea:
Be quick to notice your own flaws, and slow to notice others’.
It will remind you of your own imperfection, God’s overflowing patience, and the mutual need all of us have.
There’s a beautiful phrase in a document called Living Faith that makes the point: “in the spirit of humility, as beggars telling others where food is to be found, we point to life in Christ.”
Let’s point to the life and peace Jesus offers with humble confidence, in a spirit of humility, and as beggars telling others where food is to be found.
Be quick to notice your own flaws, and slow to notice others.’
By Matthew Ruttan
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.