Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2
What if we started each day with a reflection about how much God loves us? When we were lost and helpless He brought forgiveness and blessings. These thoughts should bring us to a true sense of humility.
We were created by Him. We rely on Him for every breath. And He gives us so much more! What if we continually considered His gracious care for us? God answers our prayers and provides all our needs. Every moment we experience His goodness. Even when we do wrong He is faithful and tenderly brings us back to Him. These thoughts should motivate us to also be gentle.
How does gentleness and humility shape our relationship with others? When we realize our own complete dependence on God, we see others in the same way. We are neither better nor worse than anyone else, but all equal in our need for God’s grace.
Jesus reached out to everyone without distinction, and His love is offered in the same way. God’s care for us will translate into our caring for each other, and God’s love for us will turn our selfish hearts into affectionate hearts. When we view ourselves in humility and aim to be as gentle as Jesus in all we do, being patient will become natural. So… be patient!