Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Bearing With One Another in Love
Brooke Saward has a travel blog called World of Wanderlust and in one blog she speaks about what she loves about Canada. In the introduction she writes, “After just having visited Canada for the first time (way overdue), I’m starting to reason there could quite possibly be no reason not to love Canada! It’s an huuuuge country with so much to offer travellers – expansive landscapes, amazing food, even more amazing people, and amazing wildlife.”
You might have noticed that some people are not easy to love. And everybody has moments when they aren’t easy to love. That includes you, and me. Maybe even today you did something or said something that you knew would make you difficult to love. Or somebody else did something and you just don’t feel like you want to love them right now. Well, I’ve got some news for you from the Bible. In Ephesians 4:2 Paul the apostle writes this: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” When others have done something that makes them difficult to love, we who are followers of Jesus are called to take the high road – and love them still. We do this by asking the Lord Jesus to fill us with the love that withstood the taunts, jeers and spit of his enemies on the day He was crucified. There is no greater example of bearing with one another in love. In His gentleness and humility, He won over even the soldier standing at the foot of the cross and one of the criminals hanging beside Him. No matter what others have done or said to you, bear with them in love.
These have been words from the heart.