Bear with one another (Eph. 4:2)

“I beg you

With all humility,

And gentleness,

With patience,

Bear with one another

In love!”

μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης καὶ πραΰτητος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ,

Paul said, “I beg you with all humility (μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης), and gentleness (καὶ πραΰτητος), and with patience (μετὰ μακροθυμίας), bear with one another (ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων) in love (ἐν ἀγάπῃ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word πραΰτητος, that means gentleness or mildness, and the word μακροθυμίας, that means patience, long-suffering, or forbearance.  Paul tried to explain himself in a gentle way with humility and not overbearing.  He wanted the Christian people in Ephesus to patiently bear with each other in Christian love (ἀγάπῃ).  He wanted them to be patient with each other and their various differences.  He wanted them to practice Christian agape or love (ἀγάπῃ).  That sounded simple, but is always more complicated in real life.  Are you humble, gentle, and patient?

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