August 2

Ephesians 4:1-10

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…” vss. 1-2

As holy and called followers of Jesus we are to lead lives that reflect our calling. Of course we are saved by grace but that can never be an excuse for careless and shameful living. There are standards to be upheld…and they are not complicated. Whatever our place in life, whether president, engineer, or teacher, we are to exhibit humility, gentleness, and patience…and bear with one another in love. So how is it that we find folks claiming to be Christians who behave in such contrary ways? They act like street toughs, bullying all they encounter, insisting on their own way, and are always looking for immediate gratification. Some would say that we shouldn’t judge such people, that we’re all sinners and behave poorly. And of course that’s true. But the problem is that many don’t even consider gentleness and humility as options in our changing society! Some even believe that aggression and toughness are admirable traits, a necessary way to navigate in our hyper-competitive world, a better way for even Christians to behave. Fortunately there are still believers who continue to practice patience and forbearance in their dealings with others. It’s such a pleasure to bask in their gentle presence…it’s almost like snuggling up to Jesus.

Thought for the Day: How do I show my gentleness?

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