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"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."--Ephesians 4:1-2
I was driving down a road in our town the other day and a driver on a side street pulled their car right out in front of me. Of course I had to hit the brakes to avoid a wreck. I was so mad at the obvious lack of consideration and courtesy by the other driver.
Then it happened.
Later that week I accidentally pulled out in front of another car and guess what? I wanted to receive a lot more grace and mercy than I gave in the same situation earlier in the week. In Ephesians 4:1-2, Paul takes a moment to give a bit of spiritual character adjustment in his letter to the church at Ephesus. And of course, this speaks to us today, as well.
When you find yourself practicing "fault finding," remember that you're called by God to take on the character of Christ in all situations. When someone wrongs you--whether it's your senior pastor or another staff member, a student, or a student's parent--be humble in spirit, gentle and patient in your actions. Then give them the same grace you would want to receive.
Remember, your capacity to forgive is linked to your ability to love others with God's love.
Our prayer for you: We pray that today and moving forward, we'll all be reminded of Paul's encouragement to live a sacrificial, humble life worthy of the call of Christ! And that we would all listen to the Holy Spirit as He empowers us to do so.
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