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)
Be humble. Be gentle. Be patient. Tolerate one another in an atmosphere thick with love. – (Ephesians 4:2, VOICE)
This is exactly what is missing in much of our world’s communication today. It is evident throughout all forms of media, as there is a lack of humility, gentleness and patience, and love is absent in exchanges. I am not sure how it became widely accepted to bash one another, especially on social media, rather than seek to understand and listen in love. Though none of us are perfect, we are all perfectly loved. Jesus modeled the way to be humble, gentle, patient and loving. If we are intentional to seek the Lord to lead us, He shows us how to infuse love into all that we say and do. Love is humble and gentle, patient and kind. May we be intentional to spend time with the Lord and to always listen to His leading in all things, for when we do, we make His love known through our interactions with one another.
And gentle at heart;
Should be our “M.O.”,
How exchanges start.
Patience is needed,
To interact well;
To love as we’re loved,
As our lives will tell.
We tell of goodness,
Each action in love,
Gives God the glory.
So, choose seek the Lord,
Again, each new day;
Depend on His grace,
To walk in His way.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to love as You love us. Thank You that Your love is humble and gentle, patient and kind. Forgive us for the times that we have not given as You so abundantly give unto us. Teach us to let go of our desire to be “right” so that we may in humility, truly hear the hearts of those around us. Lead us to listen in love, with patience, kindness, and grace, and show us how to be gentle and to love lavishly as You do. Show us what it is to love like You as we interact with all those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You as they experience the goodness of Your gracious and overwhelming love. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to show us how to be humble and gentle, patient and kind, as we love out of the abundance of what You give to us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. – Psalm 25:9