Bear With Me, Please

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 4:2-6

It’s been said that you can choose friends but you can’t choose your family so you had better learn to get along with your family. It’s not always easy. Many of us have family we can get along with so long as they don’t live close, especially if we see them infrequently.

In our church family there may be “brothers” and “sisters” we’d just as soon avoid. But Paul says: “. . . be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This theme runs throughout Ephe sians. At the beginning God’s purpose is revealed “to bring all things in heaven and earth together under one head, even Christ” (1:10) “. . . for he himself is our peace” (2:14). One of Paul’s last requests is to “always keep on praying for all the saints” (6:18). Humility is the key (4:2).

We must make every effort . . .

  • to view other’s actions and motives as Jesus would

  • to give everyone the benefit of the doubt,
    putting the best, not worst interpretation on
    their words and actions.

  • to speak only the truth, only in love (4:15).

Toward whom do you need to exercise some effort to day?


Father, help me always to treat others as I want to be treated, with grace as you have treated me. Amen.