Ephesians 4:2 (KJV) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love
Are we? Am I? What does it really mean anyway to be meek, lowly, forbearing and long suffering?
Gentle/meekness: The spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us without disputing and resisting; the accepting patiently of injuries done to us by men, out of the thought that they are permitted by God for the chastening and purifying of His people
Humbleness/lowliness: In classic Greek, it is a meanness of spirit: the Gospel has elevated the word to express something deeper; Christian grace, namely, esteeming ourselves small, inasmuch as we are so; thinking truly, , therefore lowlily, of ourselves.
Long suffering / patient: The word means, not taking swift vengeance or inflicting speedy punishment, in a more general sense = forbearance of every kind.
It is a worthy question to be considered. Seriously. These verses speak as to the way we must walk as a follower of Christ;we ought to carefully consider our words and actions, making sure that I do things as His will would have me to do. Being a part of the body of Christ there is much we are responsible for. It is so much easier to focus on my needs, than to look for needs in those around us. We need to speak and live our testimony; there is so much God can do when we are willing to move our feet. . Christ’s Word and His love should be such a natural part of my. life (like breathing) that it should be my great desire to encourage, to be a prayer warrior, a gentle tempered woman, to walk in faith, in the Spirit. Like a knee jerk reaction, when there is a need or a hurt within the body, we are quick to be present, eager to be of service. If we are the body….
As a stay at home mother, a keeper of the home, a home educator of three children – I admit it – I feel more than justified in not being as present as I perhaps, should, be with the brethren. Add pregnancy to the list and I often find myself on empty by mid-afternoon. We all have our reasons. I mean I could go on and on about how my personality is not that of an extrovert, people make me uncomfortable when I do not really know them (but how do we know another if we do not invest time and energy into them?) My time is precious, it is limited and full ~ yet when we reach out to another, HE sees that. He knows I am tired, sick, uncomfortable and unsure of how I can help….If it is done for His glory, with the sincere desire, to be a blessing to another, He will provide whatever we may need. We must be watchmen; we must be intercessors. We are to be known by our love for one another and if we do not show that ….Doesn’t the Word say, without love one for another, all else, is meaningless ?
I have said this a lot lately – I need to be more intentional. I need to reach out more, even when I don’t want to. I need to answer that email, take that call – even though I would rather continue reading or writing, or just enjoying a moment of that dangerous thing called silence (the last time I had that, it was to my disdain – my oldest son cutting his brothers hair – he heard that his brother needed one LOL) I like to think I have started off well – going out on a limb and joining our church’s secret sister group – I admit I didn’t want to, was in the meeting and wanted to just leave already – was I ever blessed with a wonderful and sweet Sister though. An exciting and inspiring year it is and shall continue to be getting to know this lady.l It’s a start anyway for me 🙂
In these long, tiring days especially I pray I am even-tempered throughout my day. It is difficult at times to be patient and calm, but with Christ all things are possible. I pray also that my attitude may be one that reflects encouragement, love, and inspiration ~ Certainly I pray for the strength and wisdom to always stand and speak truth but I also pray for the patience and wisdom to know when to hold my tongue! Jesus, Help me to live my life filled with your Spirit, showing grace and mercy and love and truth. Help me to always remember that my purpose is to always shine, to always share the truth of the Gospel and to be your hands and feet, joyfully obedient and always ready to do your will. . Keep always in remembrance, the words of James 1:2-3 “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Give me joy, Jesus, just give me joy!
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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