Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. … Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
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2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Be god fearing humble and loving to one another bonded by spirit in love with one another in Christ
What Does Ephesians 4:2 Mean? ►
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
Having spent three wonderful chapters on our position in Christ and our Christian calling as children of God, Paul exhorts us to walk worthy of that great calling. He beautifully balances doctrinal truth with the duty and responsibility we have of being in Christ.
Having detailed the wealth of our spiritual blessing, which God has freely bestowed upon all who are in Christ, we are beseeched by Paul to walk worthy of that calling, which is honouring to the Lord. We are charged to live our lives in a manner that glorifies our Father, Who is in heaven.
We are urged to live a life that is becoming of one that has been saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, and upon whom our Father in heaven has lavished so much grace and favour – forgiveness, mercy and love
We are entreated to live in humility and lowliness of mind. We are implored to be meek and mild, unselfish and gentle. We are urged to be long-suffering and to patiently endure (with thanksgiving) the difficult life-circumstances in which we may find ourselves – and we are called to bear with one another and make allowances for our brothers and sisters in Christ – for in so doing we demonstrate the love of Christ, being lived through us.
Let us leave the self-life nailed to the cross and live out our new-life in Christ (which we
received at salvation).. in humility and gentleness,.. patiently enduring with grace, tolerance and love.
What does Ephesians 4:2 mean?
Living in a manner worthy of Christ’s calling (Ephesians 4:1) includes four traits described in this verse. First, the Ephesians—and all Christians—are to live in humility. Christ called others to live with the humility of a child (Matthew 18:4) and taught, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Jesus was born in a humble manger, grew up in humble surroundings, lived a humble life, yet had a tremendous impact. Christ’s followers are to likewise operate in humility.
Second, believers are to live with gentleness. Being gentle is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23) and important in the life of every believer. This trait not only helps to avoid unnecessary conflict, it demonstrates the love we are meant to display at all times (John 13:34–35).
Third, believers are to exhibit patience. Patience is another part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and also a necessity if we are to show love to others. Elsewhere, Paul reminds believers that “love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
Fourth, believers are to live with love toward one another. Paul has mentioned this in Ephesians and other letters, especially in 1 Corinthians 13 where the “greatest of [God’s gifts] is love.” Particularly as it is used in the New Testament, “love” is not merely a feeling or an emotion. It means taking actions which benefit others. A feeling which doesn’t result in action is not biblical “love.”
Ephesians 4:1–10 is Paul’s compelling description of Christian unity. Every saved believer, regardless of talent or skill, Jew or Gentile, male or female, is saved by the same faith in the same God. Each Christian, therefore, is part of a single, universal family of believers in Jesus Christ. At the same time, God gives different gifts to different people, so that they can serve the many roles needed to accomplish His purposes here on earth. Rather than being concerned about what gifts we might lack, each Christian can rejoice in our unity, and focus on serving God to the best of our ability.
Truly understanding saving grace, as Paul explained in prior chapters, is the Christian’s first motivation for living a godly life. Here, Paul encourages believers to live in way which honors that gift. All saved Christians are part of a single, unified family, part of the ”body” of Christ. At the same time, different believers are given different talents. Some are called to positions of leadership and authority. All Christians should turn away from the ”old self” we were prior to being saved. Paul’s explanation of the ”new self” includes some basic, practical steps