Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1b-3 KJV)
Here are the same verses in a different translation...
Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1b-3 ESV)
Unfortunately I can think of many a Christmas that I was more eager to have my point heard than I was to maintain the unity of Spirit, and many times that I nurtured unkind feelings toward another rather than bearing with them in love. I have accused and condemned rather than spoken with humility and gentleness, and I have been annoyed rather than practicing patience. Sigh!
But isn't it a beautiful gift that God gives us each day? Over and over He lets us practice doing His will for us, and step by step He provides grace for each encounter. And not just barely enough grace to get us through today, but an OVERFLOW of grace that sustains us and allows us to be a blessing to others as well. Thank you Lord!
I wish you an abundance of God's grace as you enter into this season!
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