By Charlie Gamble
Many times we would have a small group get
together for a lunch Bible study at work. We always
invited others to sit in with us. One individual was
particularly rude in his rejection. One day he
decided to walk through the center of the group on
his way back from the cafeteria. “Stupid (expletive
deleted)!, he muttered so everyone could hear.
One of our members spoke up and asked him
what he was so angry about.
“I’m not (expletive) angry,” he replied.
“Well you sure come across that way and I
believe that I know why,” said our member. “We have
something that you don’t have.”
That drew more expletive animosity along with
a sneering, “What could you possibly have that I
“Peace,” said our member.
There was silence and a perplexed look that
came over him. He had been unmasked and revealed to
all. I have never forgotten that moment. When the
temptation may have been to reply with a harsh
answer, my friend was meek. It stunned the
aggressor. Last week I preached about Matthew 5:5and
I, again, recalled the power of a meek reply.
Charlie Gamble preaches for the Brunswick Church
of Christ in Southport, NC. He may be contacted at