“with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another
in love,” (Ephesians 4:2, NKJV)
Isn’t it funny how we want people to be patient with us when we are learning
something new or enduring some struggle, but we are impatient with others? Paul
tells us in this verse that we all must bear with one another in love.
This word “bear” means to “hold oneself up against” or as our elders use to say, to
“put up with.” Yet, Paul tells us that our “putting up with” others must be with the
right spirit as well. Therefore, we should bear with one another “in love.” This
means we are not “giving that other person attitude.” We are patient with them.
We are exercising self-control with our tongue. Our body language does not send
signals of frustration, irritation or anger. We are bearing with one another.
Each of us, when we become frustrated with someone else’s actions or behaviors
must remember we are called to bear with one another. Patience, self-control, love
and acceptance must rule our emotions and our actions. We must remember to
bear with one another, because, someone in the past and even now, is bearing with
us. BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER.