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. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NLT)
What kind of life would I need to live be worthy of your calling? Is living that kind of life even possible? I fall far short of living the kind of life that you lived. Does that mean that you will give up trying to live a life that is worthy of your calling? Do you think that living a life that is worthy of your calling means that you must live a perfect life? If that is what you think, then you are right, that would be impossible. You will never be able to live a perfect life.
What did you do when you heard my call? How did you respond to my calling? I confessed my sins to you. I turned away from the dark and sinful life that I was living. I received your forgiveness and cleansing of my sin. I accepted the new life that I had in you, as a free gift. That’s right. You could not earn or merit your forgiveness and cleansing by trying to live a perfect life. You couldn’t do that then. You can’t do that now.
How is your life different from the life that you once lived? My life is completely different. You have made night and day different changes in my life. I am not the person that I once was. So, you are allowing me to change your heart. That’s right. You are allowing me to transform your mind. That’s right. You are allowing me to guide your life. You have changed the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. That’s right. You are following me to where I lead you. You are doing what I ask of you. Yes, I am.
Let’s do a little recap. You are confessing your sins. You are following and serving me. You are allowing me to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Yes, I am. Why? Why? That’s what I asked. I am doing all these things because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you do. Is your love for me spilling over to others? Do you love others just like I love you? Yes, I love others. Do I love others perfectly? No, I do not. But, you are helping me to love others with your love. Yes, I am. Keep on loving me and others so will continue to live a life that is worthy of your calling. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have not always been humble and gentle. Sometimes, I have been just the opposite. Forgive me. I will live the life that you have called me to live. I will love others just you have loved me. Help me to love others and live in peaceful unity with them. Amen
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