1.3 Walk With One Another in Love and Humility

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2, NIV

These words were spoken by Paul to the Ephesian Church. They are beautiful words to read and difficult words to live. And that is precisely why Paul gave such clear, concise directions – because we need them.

Notice several things about these instructions:

First, God’s Word never gives us instructions that we are unable to follow with the help of the Holy Spirit. So, we know that we can do this – it is possible to be “completely humble and gentle,” to “be patient,” and to “bear with one another in love.”

Secondly, humility, gentleness, patience, and love all have one thing in common: they involve death to self. They are not concerned with fighting for our rights, making sure we get our own way or looking out for our own interests. Nope. Instead, they are following the lead of our precious Jesus, declaring by our actions that He truly is our Lord, the One we are longing to please.

And finally, there is a choice involved. We can choose to exhibit humility, gentleness, patience, and love in our care and interactions with others, or we can choose to bypass these methods and do things our own way in our own strength. Simply becoming a Christian does not mean these virtues roll in on a tray. We must choose daily to walk with one another in love and humility.

Prayer: Father, help me make the choice to operate in humility, gentleness, patience, and love in my interactions with people. I want to bring you honor today in all I do and say. Amen.

Commitment: Today I will choose to walk in humility, gentleness, patience, and love. I will look for opportunities to demonstrate the love of God to others.
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