As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
It is easy to come with our own agenda and idea of what will be best. We know, of course, what is the best course of action for our joint work project, the best way to organize an event on our volunteer committee, or the best way to load the dishwasher in our family’s home. But is our way or idea really best?
God’s idea of what is best doesn’t come from a single-minded agenda or mindset, but one of joining and connecting with others in him. He tells us in verse 3 to “keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Gratefully, God doesn’t give a directive without instructions on how to accomplish it. Paul spells out how to go about maintaining this “bond of peace” in verse 2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” By this guidance, we see the importance of putting others above ourselves and our agendas.
But what about this word “completely”? It’s a mighty tall order to be “completely humble and gentle” going about life in our families, friend groups, workplaces and even churches. We have time constraints, plans, and our own egos to protect, right?
We can’t be “completely” humble or kind or patient (or anything positive for that matter!) on our own, but through the amazing love of Christ we can.
How would it look in our homes if we were “completely humble and gentle?” Or in our workplaces, volunteer opportunities, or communities if we strove to “be patient, bearing with one another in love?” By focusing on each other and relying on God’s love to permeate our lives and interactions with others, our homes and communities can experience the connection, peace and unity to which we are called in Christ.
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Love in Christ is Strong and Living
Love is patient and forbearing,
Clothed in Christ’s humility.
Gentle, selfless, kind, and caring,
Reaching out in charity.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for your example of gentleness, humility and love. Please guide us as we rely on you to help us in applying these spiritual fruits as we strive to promote peace and unity in our families, friendships, workplaces and community. In your name, Amen.
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