Eph. 4:1-2 (NKJV) “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love.”
Paul is encouraging the Ephesians to behave in a manner appropriate for Christians. He lists a few attributes they should exemplify.
- Lowliness (in other words, humility). According to the Spirit Filled Life Bible Word Wealth this means “a sense of moral insignificance, a humble attitude of unselfish concern for the welfare of others and a total absence of arrogance, conceit and haughtiness.”
- Gentleness, which is the Greek word, praotes, and again quoting from the Spirit Filled Life Bible Word Wealth, “a disposition that is even-tempered…. and that has the passions under control.” Gentleness (or meekness, as is used in some versions of the Bible) is one of the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:23).
- Long-suffering, often translated as patience, is the attitude we need to have when we are waiting in faith for the answers to our prayers. It’s the same word that is used in Heb. 6:12 (NKJV), “imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
- Bearing with one another in love, the NLT says, “making allowances for each others faults.” This reminds me of 1 Cor. 13:5, “it keeps no record of being wronged.” (NLT)
Four things to think about throughout the day, if you are like me you will have to ask God to help you with each one of them!