I… urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness…

Ephesians 4:1-2

Dear Jesus,

You are meek and gentle (2 Corinthians 10:1), and You show us an example of how to live in this way. Being meek does not mean we are to be doormats or allow others to take advantage of us. Rather, You emulate meekness by Your humility. Although You are true God, You “made [Yourself] nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, [You] humbled [Yourself] by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). You allowed Yourself to be born a helpless baby in the lowliest of settings: a stable. You told Your disciples that You came not to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). And ultimately, You served all humanity by the greatest humiliation of all—death on a cross. We cannot thank You enough for this great gift. Thank You for enduring the cross and despising its shame for our sake, Jesus. We confess that pride often gets in the way of serving others in our own lives. We bristle at the thought of humbling ourselves. We are like the disciples who argued amongst themselves about who was the greatest. And yet, You taught them that “he who is least among you all is the one who is great” (Luke 9:48). This is completely foreign and backwards to our way of thinking. Lord, reset our minds to see the profound truth behind those words. Rid us of our sinful pride, and help us to follow Your example of humility, meekness, and gentleness in our own lives.

I pray that You help me be humble in the following areas…

In Your name I pray. Amen.

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