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The words are familiar as we’ve all read them before:

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called …(Ephesians 4:1, NASB)

“Implore” –> to beg urgently.

Here we are reminded of our calling, the invitation which the Lord extends to us. We have been invited by God to join Him in His work, Kingdom work, and we have a particular role.

The question becomes: What is the manner in which we are to walk?

“… with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, NASB)

“Diligent” –> constant effort.

Paul begs us, pleads with us, to make the constant effort to cultivate the qualities he mentions. It will be an ongoing and intentional action throughout our entire life. Just because we have one of these qualities today, does not assure we will have them tomorrow.

Paul does not leave the question hanging but very distinctly tells us the qualities which should conduct our lives:

  • “With all humility”. The world would so have us to build up our own importance. Yet Christ modeled a bending low, keeping a correct estimation of ourselves. Seeing others as better than ourselves. Never putting ourselves above the role of serving others.
  • “and gentleness”. This is a condition of our heart and is a demonstration of power not weakness. It takes strength to remain gentle with difficult situations and people. It is a strength that comes from character developed in us by God’s Spirit.
  • “showing tolerance for one another in love”. Another version uses the word “forebear”,  a word not used much anymore. We are to refrain or withhold being harsh with one another. We are also to endure and come alongside each other as difficulties are faced.
  • being diligent to preserve the unity”. It will take effort to maintain unity, togetherness. At times, it will be harder to stay as opposed to leave but when the Lord wills, we stay.
  • “in the bond of peace.” This bond enables us to not be provoked or willing to provoke others.

The lyrics to a song come to mind:

“No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
You don’t have to fight me, I am for you
We’re not meant to live this life alone.”

(from No Man Is An Island, as sung by Tenth Avenue North)

Hear Paul’s words,
as he implores us to walk in a worthy manner,
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit.
May we walk in the manner to which we have been called.

Every week I have a difficult time picking just one post to share in this space. Most weeks I want to say, “Please go read as many as you can!’ for each one brings much to be considered. Last week, Michele Morin reminded me that we don’t know all the answers, but “if we love God and stay close to His Truth, if we have ears to hear each other’s voices and a willingness to reach outside our own safe and cherished verdict, we have begun to learn.” Read her post, “A Fable About Beginning to Overcome Our Need to Be Right” HERE.


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