This scripture has been going through my head all morning:
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the
calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing
with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were
called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one
God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph.
Have you ever noticed that when we don’t agree with someone else, we are always sure they are wrong? And often, if we feel that someone else is wrong, we remove them from our relationships? Somehow, we dehumanize them, not giving them the respect and dignity that we ourselves would want and expect in the same situation?
So what I am pondering today is: how does this scripture inform my relationships – not those that are comfortable, but those that aren’t? What does being humble, gentle, patient, bearing with others mean?
The picture that comes to mind is Noah, after the flood, got really blasted drunk. One of his sons pointed out his error, the other sons covered his nakedness (and obviously talked to him about it the next day, because otherwise, how would he have known?). How can we cover people, bear with them, and confront when necessary, and love them always?
John 15:9-17 informs us on this, I think. Jesus lives in us. We can trust Him to do the work, to help us love people. God, help us see others with the same love and compassion that You have for them. As we have received grace, help us to extend even more. Amen.