Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Humble and Gentle
Benito Quesada, 51, was a union shop steward at the Cargill Meat Processing plant in High River, Alberta. He died from Covid-19 in May 2020, the second employee at the plant who did so. By that time nearly half of the 2,000 employees had tested positive for COVID-19, which led to a two-week shutdown of the facility. According to union spokesman Michael Hughes “Benito was a quiet, gentle, and humble man who came to Canada from Mexico to work at the plant.”
There is a lot of anger and hatred in this world. Bullying is a huge problem online, and not just for children. People feel free to express their strong opinions, often with crude language and strong accusations. No wonder many people now take sabbaticals from social media. Even those who say they are followers of Jesus express their opinion in very non-Christ-like ways. The Bible was written long before the internet became a thing, but it gives some very clear direction when it comes to interpersonal relationships. Paul writes this in Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This is the attitude that Jesus had. Even when He was wrongly accused, He never demanded His rights. In all things, even when being persecuted, He lived out this command. He stood silent before His accusers. He was patient with those who had a hard time understanding what He was teaching, predicting and living out. As His followers, we are called to be like Jesus our rabbi. As you relate to others today, within the family of God and outside, you are called to humility, gentleness, patience and forbearance.
These have been words from the heart.