with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,Ephesians 4:2(NASB)
Having spent three wonderful chapters on our position in Christ and our Christian calling as children of God, Paul exhorts us to walk worthy of that great calling. He beautifully balances doctrinal truth with the duty and responsibility we have of being in Christ.
Having detailed the wealth of our spiritual blessing, which God has freely bestowed upon all who are in Christ, we are beseeched by Paul to walk worthy of that calling, which is honouring to the Lord. We are charged to live our lives in a manner that glorifies our Father, Who is in heaven.
We are urged to live a life that is becoming of one that has been saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, and upon whom our Father in heaven has lavished so much grace and favour - forgiveness, mercy and love.
We are entreated to live in humility and lowliness of mind. We are implored to be meek and mild, unselfish and gentle. We are urged to be long-suffering and to patiently endure (with thanksgiving) the difficult life-circumstances in which we may find ourselves - and we are called to bear with one another and make allowances for our brothers and sisters in Christ - for in so doing we demonstrate the love of Christ, being lived through us.
Let us leave the self-life nailed to the cross and live out our new-life in Christ (which we received at salvation).. in humility and gentleness,.. patiently enduring with grace, tolerance and love.
Heavenly Father thank You for the wealth of spiritual blessings that have You have lavished on me, by grace through faith. Lord I desire to live godly in Christ Jesus and to walk in humble dependence and humility of heart, before you all the days of my life. Help me to put off the old-self and to live as You desire - in humble dependence upon You.. to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.