“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”2 Timothy 2:1
The mind tends to separate concepts into distinct categories. Words like strength, power, greatness, honor, might, majesty, and victory belong together in one category. Words like weakness, gentleness, meekness, patience, humility, and even grace and love belong in an entirely different category. Never the twain shall meet.
A person is either strong or meek, great or gentle, mighty or in need of grace.
This is not so in the scriptures where these apparent opposites somehow take up the same space, overlapping, overlaid. Watch how these concepts mix in the following verses. (Some verses are condensed for the sake of illustration.)
- Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:1)
- Your gentleness has made me great. (Psalm 18:35)
- I address my verses to the King. In your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness. (Psalm 45:1,4)
- Before honor comes humility. (Proverbs 15:33)
- We have not ceased to pray for you so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, strengthened with all power for the attaining of patience. (Col 1:9-11)
- Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs. (Acts 6:8)
- For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (1 Timothy 1:7)
- When I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Today I will open my mind to the complexity of the Word, noticing new possibilities in myself and in those around me: strength and patience, greatness and meekness, power and love, victory and gentleness, might and grace, honor and weakness, majesty and humility.