August 7, 2015
In today’s QT, Paul urges us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, to be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love, and to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
How do you love a brother or sister in Christ? How do you love someone? I think today’s QT points to several things that answer this question, but before we get there, what’s the calling we have received? Some people think the calling is specific to each person, and it some ways, it could be, but what’s stated as “the calling" in the bible is clear. It’s essentially to love God, love others, and to spread the good news. And all these of these essentially requires that you know how to love.
Humble, gentle, and patient are three things Paul is suggesting as acts of love. What is humble? I remember a funny moment with someone. She yelled loudly “I AM HUMBLE!” and I said “Wow, that’s very humble of you.” We both laughed. Then what is humble? I’m not really all that sure myself, but I think it might have something to do with respecting that things that we do not know. When you operate assuming you know everything about a person when it’s literally impossible to know everything about a person disrespect their potential in the future, and any significance of their past, both of which attacks the spirit of a person.
Gentle probably means being slow to anger. There are people who get upset easily and quickly. This can quickly lead people to quarrel over nothing, and though it might seem like it’s something you can get upset about in the short-term, it’s probably a really silly thing in the long-term.
Lastly being patient in the context of loving someone - I think means to just to listen to someone, and letting them vent without judging them or trying to change them, but only pray for them. This is the one that is particularly most difficult for me, as I tend to want to give them solutions, or different ways to looking at it, or more importantly the Word, but most of the time, they’re not ready for any of these, which is why they’re in such states to begin with, so what can you do, except to just listen and take it all in, and pray for them. This one is probably also the most energy-consuming.
So, Paul points to being humble, gentle, and patient as acts of love, and I think not only applies to loving others, but also to loving God, especially being humble part, and acknowledging what we cannot possibly know, and the power the potential of God as well as His History.
In the end, all of this loving of God, and loving of others is to achieve one thing, and that is to become one body of Christ. This is “the calling” we have received, and we cannot do it alone. We each do our own part to help each other become stronger in Christ.
Application: pray for mokjang