March 10, 2014

“Love Bears all Things”

Ephesians 4:1-16

In 1 Corinthians 13:7, Paul said love “bears all things,” which expanded in the context of Paul’s complete message means “we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.” One of the greatest obstacles the church faces is our lack of unity. The effectiveness of the church greatly suffers when we fail to show “tolerance for one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

Unity, although it cannot be created by the Christian, must be preserved by him. This is to be diligently pursued by an attitude of humility. Our humble spirit should be demonstrated by a gentleness and graciousness in our dealings with others. This gentleness should be longsuffering, patiently enduring prolonged irritation. The love which we have for one another should prompt us to put up with the eccentricities of our fellow Christians. As Detective Ironside once put it, “Lovingly put up with all that is disagreeable in other people.”