In the first verse of Ephesians 4 we looked at how Paul called us to live lives worthy of our calling. The next verse gives us a picture of what worthy living looks like.
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
In order to truly grasp how to live lives worthy of our call I want to break down the words from this verse and look at their meanings in the original language.
- The Greek word for “humble” is “tapeinophrosyne” and it means “lowliness of mind. For the sinner it involves the confession of his sin and a deep realization of his unworthiness to receive God’s marvelous grace.”
- The Greek word for “gentle” is “prautes” and “it is the attitude of spirit why which we accept God’s dealings with us as good and do not dispute or resist.
- “The Greek word for “patient” is “makrothymia” and it means “long-sufering, self-restraint before proceeding to action. The quality of a person who has power to avenge himself, yet refrains from doing so. It is patience with respect to persons and is associated with mercy.”
- The Greek word for “bearing” is “anechomai” and it means “to put up with”.
The first two words, humble and gentle, are directly related to the Lord and His amazing grace towards us and our response to Him. The second two words, patient and bearing with one another, also have to do with the Lord because we cannot be patient or bear with others without the empowerment of His Holy Spirit. In order to live lives worthy of our calling (Eph. 4:1) we need to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
In looking at the four characteristics of how to live lives worthy of our calling, which one stood out to you the most? Which do you struggle with? Reread the list. Who does God bring to mind that He wants you to be gentle towards? Who do you need to show more patience to? Who in your life is in need of you bearing with more? Allow the Lord to speak to you about who in your life needs to be loved with the love of Christ and show it to them through your humility, gentleness, patience and bearing up so you can reveal Christ to them.
- Scripture verses from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Greek definitions from “The Key Word Study Bible”, AMG Publishers