Always Be Humble and Kind
BY PASTOR BETH BEADLE | NEW LIFE WORSHIP CENTER BEULAH WORSHP PASTOR
Have you ever noticed that some people just “seem” more compassionate than others? We aren’t sure why. Are they born that way? Did the environment in which they were raised produce that? It’s a mystery why this happens, but it doesn’t come naturally to us. So how can we develop this attitude, this lifestyle? We can change our thoughts which in turn change our emotions.
I want to share with you a few verse that were brought to my attention on social media (gasp! Does anything good come out of that?). It really struck a chord with me:
Colossians 3:12-14 reads, “You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity,” (TPT).
When I read this and began to study it, my mind went to the song by Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind.” I like Tim McGraw, but the actual songwriter is Lori Mckenna. If you read the background behind the song, she wrote it as an effort to teach her children how to treat people. It was picked up by McGraw and became a mega hit for him. Why? I think this is because we all long for these attitudes. Either to show them to others, or to have them shown to us.
But a TRUE heart of compassion, humility, kindness, and an “unoffendable patience” with others is not possible through self effort alone. It requires a God-centered life. As we draw near to Him through His word, He transforms our focus, thoughts, and feelings. God provides us with everything we need to follow Jesus’ example of a caring life.
All the qualities listed in this passage of scripture are possible only if we think of others before ourselves. Self-centeredness keeps us from seeing the needs of others and acting on their behalf. We NEED a renewed mind! We are all born with a selfish, sinful nature. But when we come to Jesus and begin to renew our minds in His Word, we grow in obedience and Christ’s love and compassion begin to flow through us! We begin to be humble and kind! No longer oblivious to the pain and suffering around us, God opens our eyes and allows us to see the opportunities to comfort those in need.
So let’s review these qualities we want to cultivate in our lives:
To sympathize: to recognize and care very deeply about what others may be going through.
Be humble: do not think of yourself as better. Wanting others to be successful. People tend to think that a humble person is fearful or weak, but in fact, humble people know how to control their strengths.
Be patient and gentle: patient people know how to control their temper. They know how to stay calm when someone annoys them or angers them.
Learn to be friends. Tolerate and overlook much.
Forgive as Christ forgave us.
Love: we must put on love. It is the most important thing. This is how the Message translation puts it, “And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it,” Colossians 3:14.
Every quality in Colossians 3:12-14 comes as we learn to love each other. We become more like Jesus, which is our goal— isn’t it?
I want to leave you with a few lines from the song “Humble and Kind.” I find it interesting that a mother wanted to teach her children these qualities in a world that is so lacking in them:
“Hold the door, say please, say thank you.
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie,
I know you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind.
When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you,
When the work you put in is realized,
Let yourself feel the pride, but always stay humble and kind.
Pastor Beth Beadle