Humble and Gentle of Heart (Part I)

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Matthew 11:29 “Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

This popular Scripture passage is known by millions of Christians around the world. Different English translations have some minor differences as to how to translate this passage from Greek to English. The NLT reads, “I am humble and gentle at heart,” while the ESV reads, “I am gentle and lowly at heart.” It’s easy to read this verse as part of Matthew 11 and then just keep on reading. But there’s something about this verse which ought to lead us to pause. 

First, the heart, according to the Scriptures, is not just a part of who we are but is at the very center of who we are. So when Jesus says, “This is my heart…” we would do well to pay close attention.  

And second, this is the only time Jesus describes what His heart is like. He surely expresses His heart through His actions, but this is the only moment when He clearly articulates what His heart is like. Again, we would do well to dwell on this. The very center of who and what Christ is, is gentle and lowly. 


     MATTHEW 11:28-30 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: If the heart of Jesus truly is gentle and lowly, in what ways does this impact your desire to sit and silence and be with Him? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Continue to embrace silence and listen for the whisper and heartbeat of God. 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that I’m often looking for quick and simple answers that will help me experience peace and contentment. But the life of Christ reveals that peace and contentment are not something that comes quickly, but by regularly experiencing the heart of Christ. Continue to increase my longing and desire to be with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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