“Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ – I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:1-2).
As our life in Christ continues, we ought not need to be bold one with the other, but accept God’s love and give His love. The world is contentious, but we ought not be contentious. Instead, be humble and willing to give and receive as the Lord gives and receives. We are whom we are in the Lord and He will make of each one of us what He will make of us. Live wholly in the Lord.
Lord, I live in a world that is very competitive. Help me to live truthfully in Your sight and in the sight of my neighbor. Guide me in the goodness You have revealed that I may learn to be meek, knowing that in this world there are times to be bold. Through all things, guide me along the path of righteousness that I may be guided by Your goodness and mercy through all travails.
Lord Jesus, without You none of these thoughts, let alone actions, would be possible. By Your grace, guide me this day in the way You would have me walk and, where I might be bold where I should be meek, lead me to have the right attitude. Through all that this life will toss my way, help me to keep my eyes upon You that I may grow in the goodness and mercy You have given me. Amen.