Unveiling the secrets of Christ-like character.
The character of God is absolute perfection and there is no flaw in Him but we, as humans, have the tendency to live imbalanced lives- especially when it comes to our character. I used to struggle with being humble because most of my Christian character was marked with the heavy imprint of ambition. I was determined to fight in the pursuit of holiness and I would tell everyone to carry the same battle but determination without humility is actually a form of pride. As years passed and the flames of many trials have emptied me of my pride and self-sufficiency, I have begun to catch a glimpse of the hidden beauty of humility carried out through a loving and serving spirit. At times, I have found myself so captivated by the sacredness of humility that I began to forget that meekness does not mean tolerance, resignation, or softness. Meekness or humility actually means patience, submissiveness, and obedience but never as a result of weakness. The meekness that Jesus Christ possessed was marked by a holy passion for the truth. In Matthew 21:12, the Bible says that, “…Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.” Jesus was never tolerant when it came to speaking the truth and making sure that people understood that the righteousness of God is without fault and that is why He calls us to “…be holy, for [He is] holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Proverbs 28:1 says that, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” There is courage that comes when we know that our lives are carried in obedience to the Word of God and our conscience is pure. I am not speaking in a way that exalts legalism or self-righteousness but as a means of explaining the undefiled character of Biblical meekness- a fiery passion for protecting the purity of our heart because of a consuming desire to cherish the blood that was spilled on the cross. Yes, the Bible calls us to be gentle towards everyone and Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your gentleness be known to all men.” I am fully confident that we need to live lives marked by humility but we should always remember that meekness never equals covering up the truth or tolerating sin because that is called indifference and compromise. Let’s take the yoke of Christ and live humbly but may we never allow our gentleness to turn into tolerance for the sake of love because true love is marked by truth, courage, and meekness!