bearing with one another

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Ephesians 4:1-3 (JDV)

Ephesians 4:1 Then1 I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the invitation to which you were invited,2

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in care,

Ephesians 4:3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Breath through the bond of peace.

bearing with one another

We were invited together into this life, given one breath by the Sacred Breath, so we should live like it. If we are all part of the same body, breathing the same Breath, then we should not be attacking and resenting one another. We should be caring for each other, and bearing with each others’ foibles and hangups, just as we put up with our own weaknesses.

Paul encourages the Ephesian Christians to make every effort to live this way. It is how we live out the truth of our unity. It will not be easy. If it were, the apostle would not have advised that we make every effort to do it. But the end result is a beautiful thing: a church bearing the fruit of care for each other, demonstrating the care our Savior has shown for us.

Lord, show us how to bear with one another.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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