With all humility and gentleness, with patience, accept one another in love. – (Ephesians 4:2, HCSB)
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. – (Ephesians 4:2, ERV)
With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. – (Ephesians 4:2, TPT)
This is how we are called to love one another. Love is a choice that has to be made again and again. Humility and gentleness take the time to truly listen and seek to understand. Patience propels us to persevere, to accept each other with love, especially those who are more difficult to love. As a middle school teacher, I am provided plenty of opportunities each day to practice doing just this. The kids who act out the worst are typically the ones who need patient and loving acceptance the most. Some days are easier than others, and most days are exhausting. That being said, God does not call us to an easy life, but to one of purpose that is rooted and established in love. May we ever seek the Lord to equip and empower us with His love, so that we may go forth each new day in humility, quiet patience, gentleness and generous love.
Lord, teach us to love,
As You love us all;
Lavished with Your grace,
You hear all who call.
Call on Your goodness,
Seek patience and peace;
Accept each other,
Equip us to love,
The challenging ones;
May goodness and grace,
Point hearts to the Son.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us and equip us to love as You intended. Forgive us for every time that we lose sight of what You are calling us to, and we allow our emotions or frustrations to dictate how we respond to one another. Lead us to seek and depend on You for strength, help and hope as we navigate each new day. Show us how to love as You are calling us to love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love you and depend on You to show us how to love best. Amen.
But when we obey God’s teachings, His love is truly working in us. This is how we know that we are living in Him. – 1 John 2:5