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Ephesians 4:1-6, A Tall Order!

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Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
— Ephesians 4:1b-3

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, June 14, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Patience does not come easily to me. For that matter, humility, gentleness, and forbearance aren’t much a part of my genetic make-up either. Reading these words of Paul, I can’t help but think there is absolutely no way I can live up to his expectations.

Of course, God knows this. I’m human, therefore I’m imperfect. The point is that, with God’s help, I can work on these positive traits through practice. I can recognize the importance of “the unity of the Spirit” and make every effort to set aside my need to have everything go according to my plan.

It takes effort, and it takes practice. It takes a willingness to make mistakes and to own those mistakes. It takes a commitment to doing the footwork and leaving the outcome to God.

It’s still a tall order. But I think leading a life worthy of the call to which we have been called is less about the final outcome of perfect humility, gentleness, patience and forbearance, and more about the honest attempt to work toward these ideals, always keeping our eyes on the goal of “the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace.”

Loving God, I thank you for your patience with me as I try to live a life worthy of my calling. Amen.

 

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