Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3 NRS)
In this letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul he urges them to be patient with one another.
Why exercise patience with each other?
What a text for us… as we wait and wait and wait…
Patience is that great giver.
Patience gives the other time.
Time to reflect… time to get things sorted out… time to be themselves.
Patience gives the other respect.
Respect their wishes and desires… their backgrounds… respect the others opinions
Patience gives the other understanding…
Understanding of their circumstance… understanding human nature… understanding that we all have hopes and dreams…
And along the way of giving patience – patience gives the giver of patience a new heart.
A new heart that is softer and more open.
A new heart that seeks to help others have a new heart too.