Thought for the Day – Saturday 12th September

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He will not quarrel or cry out;

no one will hear his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out,

till he has brought justice through to victory.

Matthew 12 : 19 – 20

Sometimes people think that the best way to get a point across or get something accomplished in order for people to actually hear them is through loud voices. So many people think that the way to accomplish things is through violence and power. Yet, in this passage, we see that Jesus goes about bringing justice through meekness and humility.

People can view meekness, humility, and gentleness as signs of weakness, but this is not the case with Jesus.

In a time when there are so many voices shouting, we should listen out for those voices of gentleness and meekness. Jesus did not teach through shouting. Jesus didn’t make a difference through violence, but gentleness and meekness. He never put himself first, but always but others first.

Prayer: Loving God, we give you thanks that you have taught us how to follow you through gentleness and meekness. May we go about spreading your message of love and grace through that same gentleness and humility. Help us to take time to listen to others, and put others first, knowing that this is what love looks like. Amen

Action: Practice humility and gentleness