4 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say,

“When he ascended to the heights,
    he led a crowd of captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”

Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.


“Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other. . . .”(verse 2).  So patience must come as a result of my being humble and gentle.  I struggle with patience.  When I do struggle with being patient, humility and gentleness are absent–I am proud and demanding.


I can and must, through love, make allowances for others.  That also is part of being patient.  In love, I give up the rigidness for seeing any fault or misstep in someone else.  The same is true when I need to be patient with myself.

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