I’m not calling Jen out, I just know she has a deep interest in humility. She should write a book about it some day.
I’m pondering humility this morning. Studying psalm 4, which contains one of the “be angry & do not sin” verses. As usual I am struck by the context I was previously unaware of (are you shocked yet by my lack of biblical knowledge? ha…).
After a ‘retort’ to people apparently slandering him he appears to be preaching to himself:
Be angry and do not sin; Ponder in your own hearts on your bed and be silent. Offer right sacrifices and put your trust in the Lord
I’m not entirely sure i’ve heard that verse preached, but a similar one, Eph. 4:26, and usually heard/thought that verse with the idea that it’s only ok to act angry when it’s REALLY justifiable (no idea what my criteria for that is). But here it sounds as though he’s saying to basically shut up when we’re angry, which I could see as a means to “not sin” in the anger. “Ponder it” in your heart…in the presence of God…but don’t take the opportunity to cut into the offenders. Instead continue in your ‘sacrific’e & trust God for our validation whether or not we receive any from man.
What REALLY struck me w/that is the humility necessary to walk that out. I’d be hard-pressed to take accusation (false OR deserved accusation) w/o lashing out. Can you imagine what it takes for a prominent figure to walk that out? A king? & it’s not merely trying to ignore it & stew silently (until i explode…). But “put your trust in the Lord”.
Nope, not possible. ….which reminds me…have i mentioned lately that i need Jesus to continually sanctify me?
Last, a short quote on anger from a commentary on Ephesians 4:26:
The spring of it is a corrupt heart, it is stirred up by satan, encouraged by pride, and increased by grievous words and reproachful language.