Bearing With One Another in Love
Steve Melvin, Church Starting Catalyst, MWBC
"Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you receive, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit - just as you were called to one hope at your calling - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:1-6 (CSB)
In the busyness of life, it is too easy to get focused on oneself. Tolerance is limited and patience wears thin. However, as we live out our lives, we are encouraged and challenged to bear "bear with one another in love."
As the apostle Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, we are urged to go about living worthy of the Christ-like life to which we have been called, exhibiting the traits of humility, gentleness, and patience, tempered with "putting up with one another," making every effort to keep unity in the body of Christ.
If the church is to make an impact in our communities, people outside of the church, as well as those inside, should see Christ followers living a life worthy of the call of God, with a willingness to "bear with one another in love," leading towards a unity of the Spirit.
PRAYER: Father, please help me to live worthy of your calling in my life, and to put on display for all to see the characteristics of humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another in love.