“with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,” (Ephesians 4:2, NKJV)
In this verse Paul tells us 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.
1. 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?
2. Do you find yourself quickly getting irritated and frustrated with others when they do not respond the way you think they should or are you patient with others in their struggles?
3. You already know, your attitude with and toward others speak louder than the words spoken. You can say you are fine with someone but your body language, tone and facial expressions tell the truth of your feelings.
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.Because our heavenly Father bears with us we to have the responsibility to BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE!