Bear With One Another

 

February 3

 

Read Ephesians 4:1-3

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

Reflect

What causes you to lose patience with a brother or sister in Christ?

 

It seems that we are all running on a short supply of patience right now. Even within church families, many people are irritated with each other and in some cases, deeply divided. But Paul told the Ephesians that this should not be.

 

First, he says, “therefore.” Remember in the beginning of his letter, Paul focused on how God brought us near and made peace between God and ourselves. Paul wrote that the dividing wall of hostility between the Jews and Gentiles has been demolished by the blood of Jesus Christ and that the two groups have been made into one. “Therefore” we should maintain unity.

 

Paul urges them to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. We should live what we say we believe and obey Who we say we believe in. If we believe that Jesus Christ is in fact our peace, we should act like it. We should be at peace with God and with those around us.

 

Paul states that one way to accomplish this is to be humble. We should not think too highly of ourselves. He also says we are to be gentle. We should not be forceful, harsh, or careless with our church family. We should exercise self-control and be patient with one another. In a family, sometimes you just have to put up with one another and they do the same with you. You bear with one another because you love each other.

 

Finally, Paul says that we should be eager to maintain this unity of the Spirit. Keeping the peace between the body of believers is something that we should endeavor to do. This doesn’t mean keeping the peace at all costs. We are still called to stand for the truth and contend for the faith. It just means that we should genuinely seek to be loving to each other even when we disagree or we have to address an issue.

 

Brothers and sisters, we share a common bond. The bond of peace. If we are in Christ, we are at peace with God so we should be able to be at peace with other believers. Remember Ephesians 2:14: “He Himself is our peace.” Friends, let’s strive to be unified and at peace with each other today.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for being our peace. Help me to be patient, gentle, and humble with my family and friends in Christ. Unify Your church, Lord. Bring You church back together for the glory of Your name. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Thank you for this devotional.
Peace with God and our fellow believers in Christ is a journey not without interruptions and disappointment. But the rewards of staying at peace with others is essential if we believe in who we say we believe in ~ God! Pastor Bob
Thank you, Lord Jesus for the peace that you gave me with God, the father when you accepted me into the family of God. help me to be at peace with the people in this world
Gal 6:2-3 says we ought to bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. This is a great reminder.
Lord, help me to be more patient with my church family and put up with them as they put up with me. Help me to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
What a great post! It made me think about how things would have been different with certain friends and family if I would have practiced more patience and peace! Thank you for sharing such a powerful message and prayer!
Dear Lord, teach me to be more humble, patient with one another, and gentle. I will remember Ephesians 2:14, "You are my peace."
Amen
Very good and informative. Praise God
I should encourage each other on their spiritual walk with the Lord.
Father long ago You made us "One" in You alone. Father I keep my eyes fixed on You Jesus. Please Lord continue to substain me in You alone Father. To draw me nearer to You in every way. Father You are our True Peace there's no other Peace like You! Lord I Praise You for never giving up on we Your children when we feel lost. You are The God stands with wide open arms telling us nothing we ever do can separate us from You. I Praise for not seeing us as we sometimes see ourselves and when the world walks away. I am Yours forever come what may I will Trust in You alone Lord. Please Father united us back as "One" with You and each other Your Family and Church. For in You my Peace stays eternal even when I faulterYou lift us up for You are The Hope and Peace we live for. Please remind us Father each new day to surrender all to You knowing that We Pray You will make us Your children more and more like You. Thank You Lord in Jesus name Amen
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This is so relevant to today. Thank you for sharing with us each day. It always seems to be just what I need to hear. God Bless
That was beautiful; just what we need all to hear right now. God Bless
Amen , Amen
FATHER, HELP ME TO BE MORE SELF CONTROL NOT ONLY WITH MY FAMILY IN CHRIST, BUT WITH THE LOST AS WELL IN JESUS AMEN
Amen
Thank you for a well thought out devotional. I, like many others desire peace. We pray for peace. I realize that there will be real peace only when Christ returns. Amen, come Lord Jesus.
Lord, I ask that your peace be my peace. Life is a struggle and sometimes we all get irritated with things but we must remember whose we are and what we are to do as believer's. Thank you Jesus!!
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
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Father, may Your truth and peace be known!
Heavenly Father, You are my peace. I know that unity is important as a believer. I need Your help Father, to help and sustain me to live in peace and love others as You so graciously love me. I am able to do this only with Your help Father. I love You and thank You. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.
Thank you for this I needed this reminder today
Amen
Amen.
Amen!
Amen🙏🏼💗
Through Paul, the Word tells we are to act with “...humility and gentleness, with patience...eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit...” It seems like the world tries to extol and place value on the exact opposite. Lord, I pray for the strength and courage to submit to your Devine Will. Amen.
Amen
Lord in humility let me die to myself and be filled with your Holy Spirit so your peace can fill me and spread to others. My pride and arrogance only causes strife. Jesus may your will be done in my life, my Lord and my God. Amen
Father Thank you for always teaching us that we should love our neighbors and to be obedient
Amen!