Forbearing One Another in Love

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Ephesians 4:2 (KJV) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.

“Meekness” is a “teachable attitude.” A meek person is not a doormat or a weak person but someone who has a teachable spirit. James tells us to “receive with meekness the engrafted word” (James 1:21). In Matthew 5:5 Jesus says that the meek will inherit the earth. Meek or teachable people are well rewarded in this lifetime and in eternity to come. Never come to a place in your Christian walk where you think you know it all. Until you come into heaven with the Lord, you will always be learning. If you think you can be taught no more, then you have just admitted your ignorance. The more you learn in this life, the more you find out you do not know.

The word “longsuffering” here means “patience.” It is the same word translated as “patience” in Hebrews 6:12, where it is stated that we are to be “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” We all need patience in this life because it is a partner to the successful life of faith.
You can be teachable and patient, and yet stand your ground for something you know is right, but you always should do it in an attitude of love.

I envision someone who is immovable in love when I read the way David describes a righteous person as a “tree planted by the rivers of water” (Psalm 1:3). These trees are the strongest because they always have a constant supply of water. They also outlive other trees because they have no fear of drought. A strong tree bends in the wind but is never uprooted. As [abiding] believers, we are trees planted by streams of living water. We have to stand for the truth, but we must do so in an attitude of love, “forbearing one another in love.”

Go into today with the consciousness that as a believer, you have the responsibility to uphold the truth in a manner of love with forbearance.

Prayer: God, endow me with a heart that is broken and contrite, expressing your character at all times.
—George Evuarherhe Djorhogba

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