“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Â Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls â€œ
Â (Matthew 11:28-29).
In Matthew 11:29 Jesus described Himself as “gentle and humble in heart.” His whole demeanor was such that people relaxed in His presence because of His true gentleness .
“. . .and you will find rest for your souls,” He reassures us.
His encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well illustrates His persistent firmness yet gentleness as He probed her until her true need was exposed and she recognized it and turned to Him-the Living Water–to satisfy her deepest need (John 4: 7-30).
Paul appealed to the Corinthian Christians “by the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:1).
He told the Philippians (Philippians 2:5): “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus,” Â Â specifically referring to His humility in enduring cruel crucifixion on the cross.
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the very nature of a servant . . . he humbled himself and became obedient to death” (vs. 6-8).
To grasp the meaning of humility, we take a long look at our Lord and Savior.Â He was with God and equal to God, but willingly laid His glory aside to come to earth and bear the burden of our sins. Â He lived a selfless life of service to others and gave His life to accomplish His Father’s plan.
With gentleness He dealt with the woman caught in adultery; and together they witnessed her accusers depart one by one (John 8:3-11).
During His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Matthew proclaims the prophet Zechariah’s words: Â “See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey” (Matthew 21:5; Zechariah 9:9).
The Suffering Servant–the One before whom all nations will one day bow–knelt down with a towel and basin, and washed His disciples’ feet with sweet gentleness and unfailing love.
Â Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us,
For we need Your to help us find our way.
Gentle Shepherd, come and feed us,
For we need Your strength from day to day.
Â Â –Gloria and William J. Gaither