Humble And Gentle

The Virtuous Life - Day 211 -Ephesians 4-1-3 - Humble And Gentle - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 211 -Ephesians 4-1-3 – Humble And Gentle – Growing As Disciples

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)

My Calling

I want to live that out. I don’t want to fall short on that score. I don’t want to miss the mark on that goal. What do you want to live out? In what way do you not want to fall short? What goal do you want to be on target and sure to accomplish? I want to live out my calling. That is a very good desire. That is very good goal. You will be doing very well if you live out your calling. How can you be certain that you will never fail in living out your calling? First, I need to acknowledge who has called me. Then I need to understand the nature of my calling. You have my full attention. I am excited to hear what you have to say about your calling. It is you who has called me. You called me to come to you. You called me to leave my old life of sin. You called me to love and follow and serve you. You called me to live my life with and for you. You called me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You have called me to live a new and different life. It is your desire to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life.  You have a very good understanding of your calling. You have been teaching me. You have been training me. I have been listening to you. That is very good.

You have more to say on this subject. Yes, I do. Tell me how you will be certain to live out you calling? If I keep my heart and mind and life focused on you, I will never fail in living out my calling. If I allow you to change my heart and transform my mind as I continually draw near to you and live in your presence, I will never fail to live out my calling. Why is that? Well, to be clear, it is my calling to become like you. I want to think and speak and act like you. I want to live as you lived. I want to be humble as you were humble. I want to be gentle as you were gentle. I want to patient and loving, making allowances for other’s fault just as you have made allowances for all my faults. As I continue to draw near to you, I will become like you and then I will never fail to live out my calling. You are correct. In my presence you will be transformed. You will become like me. You will live out your calling. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I need all the help I can get. I want to fully live out my calling. I want to follow your example. I want to be humble and gentle and loving towards other. Help me to be patient, making allowance for other’s faults. Help me to live in peace with others. Amen

Key Question…  What kind of behavior is worthy of your calling as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Living It Out…  Make every effort to live out your calling by being humble, gentle, patient, and loving towards others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to be humble, gentle, patient, and loving towards others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are being humble, gentle, patient, and loving towards others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be humble, gentle, and patient, allowing your love to make allowances for other’s faults.

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Worthy Of The Calling

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 152 - Ephesians 4:1-3 - Worthy Of The Calling - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 152 – Ephesians 4:1-3 – Worthy Of The Calling – Growing As Disciples

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)

A Worthy Life

Well, I can’t tell you how many times I have failed in this regard. What’s that? In so many ways, I have failed to live to live a life worthy of the calling I have received from you. Do you think this comes as a shocking surprise to me? No, I don’t. I wanted to let you know that I know how desperately I need your help to live out the calling I have received from you. That’s good. What’s good about that? You know that you need my help. You know that you can’t possibly live out the calling you have received under your own power and strength. If you were to think that your own very best efforts would lead to you living a life worthy of my calling that would be a tragic mistake. Why is that? I have called you to live in an intimate relationship with me. I have called you to live a life that is reliant on me. I am the one who will mold and shape you. I am the one who will change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. That’s great. I welcome all your good work in me. I trust that you will make me into the person you want me to become. I will submit my heart and mind and life to you. Do your work in and through me. Yes, I will.

Do you know when and where and how I will change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? I’m not sure. Tell me. In my presence, you will come to know me. In my presence you will come to love me. In my presence, you will desire to follow and serve me. In my presence, you will desire to think my thoughts, speak my words and take my actions. In my presence, I will do my work in you. In my presence, I will make you to be like me in all that you think, say and do. As you keep on coming to me it will be the utmost desire of your heart to live a life that is pleasing to me. As you keep on coming to me you will definitely be able to live a life that is worthy of my calling. Thank you, Lord. I will keep on coming to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I have far fallen short of living a life worthy of my calling. Forgive me. Help me to be humble and gentle and patient and loving. I want to live in peaceful unity with others. I will make every effort to live a life worthy of the calling I have received from you. Amen

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Completely Humble And Gentle

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Ephesians 4:1-3 - Completely Humble And Gentle - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Ephesians 4:1-3 – Completely Humble And Gentle – Growing As Disciples

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV) 

Cancelled

This was one of those days that I wish I could start over or maybe even cancel altogether. No, seriously, if I could crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head and cancel today that would be my choice. This has been a discouraging and depressing day, that is for sure. Why is that? What was so bad about today? You saw today. Yes, I did. You know my thoughts. You heard my words. You saw my actions. Yes, I did. Was there something you didn’t like about your thoughts, words and actions? I don’t like anything about my thoughts, words or actions of today. Why is that? I started the day out by being crabby and it went downhill from there. How so? I was so impatient. I was completely opinionated. I was full of pride. There was nothing about my thoughts or words or deeds that was humble and gentle. I did not patiently bear with others. I didn’t listen well. I was quick to speak. Instead, it was more like I wanted to crush others in a debate. I wanted to win the argument. I would have to sadly say that I was full of myself today. I don’t like that one bit, not at all. So, there is nothing good about today? This day cannot be redeemed? This day cannot be used, even by me, is that right? I wouldn’t go that far. With you anything is possible. You can redeem this day. You can make this day count for something. Yes, I can.

Do you think you lived your life today in a manner that is worthy of your calling? No, I did not live my life today in a manner that is worthy of my calling. Isn’t that an important lesson? Isn’t that something valuable for you to recognize? Yes, it is a valuable lesson and an important realization. You are also confessing to me that you missed the mark. You went off course. You made mistakes. You sinned. You are asking for my forgiveness. Yes, I am asking for your forgiveness. You are forgiven. The day is not over. What will you do with the rest of your day? I will keep on moving forward with you. I will keep on asking you to develop humility and patience and gentleness in me. Have I not been doing that for you? Will I continue to do that in you? Will I help you to live a life worthy of my calling every day as you follow and serve me? Yes Lord, I know that you will continue to do your work in me as I live my life with and for you. That is very good. 

Lord, I have not had a good day. I have been argumentative. I have been opinionated. I have been filled with pride. I have not been patient. I have not been gentle. Forgive me. Help me to live a humble and gentle and patient life that is worthy of my calling. Amen

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Worthy Of Your Calling

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Discipleship - Ephesians 4:1-3 - Worthy Of Your Calling - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – Ephesians 4:1-3 – Worthy Of Your Calling – Growing As Disciples

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)

Your Love

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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