Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – (Ephesians 4:2, NIV)
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 those who may try your patience. – (Ephesian 4:2, TPT)
This verse is a reminder for us all. After so many months of being away from what we have always known as “normal”, patience, gentleness, humility and love are things that only occur when we make an intentional choice to extend them. It can be especially trying when part of the family has upheld some normalcy, as their jobs require their in-person attendance, whereas the twins and I have remained working and going to school from home. As one who has a wanderlust heart and a passion for adventure, this season of always being at home has been exhausting. It takes everything in me to be patient, gentle and loving, as my frustration often gets the better of me. Without God’s grace and loving kindness, none of these traits would ever be evident. I need His grace to fill me anew each day, and even so, there are days that I am depleted and do not demonstrate the love, gentleness and patience that I ought to. Again this morning, I must humbly seek the Lord, and ask for a fresh filling of goodness and grace so that I might see and interact with others as He intended.
Lord, come and fill us,
Renew us again;
Teach us to love well,
Lord, yes and amen.
Show us Your goodness,
Equip us with grace;
Patience and kindness,
Throughout all our days.
Lead us in Your love,
May we humbly give;
Love just as You do,
With grace and forgive.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You grow us in patience, humility and love as we earnestly seek You. Thank You that You demonstrate Your patience, grace and love for us each new day. Forgive us for being harsh or unkind toward those around us. Teach us to turn to You to lead and equip us to love like You. Show us how to be humble, patient, loving and accepting of all those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to transform our heart into one that loves like Yours. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34