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Promises

Encouragements to Love #5—Worthy Love

Live worthily of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and meekness, patiently tolerating one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1–3

Embarrassing God is foolish. We do this is when we misrepresent our claim of allegiance to him, when we say that we trust him to fulfill all of the promises he has guaranteed for us through Jesus but don’t actually do so. We embarrass God when we don’t walk our talk. For example, if we say we’re members of God’s family, brothers and sister of Jesus, then we must make every effort to relate well to other members of the family. God didn’t choose to adopt us into this family because of anything special about us. Our racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds were irrelevant. Together we form the body of Christ. There is only one body, brought together by one Spirit, so that together we can all experience the kindnesses of God’s grace forever. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all. So, we each represent God. But because each of us is different, we sometimes misapprehend one another. Because we each receive different gifts from God, we often misunderstand one another. Because we still sin, we frequently annoy one another and embarrass him. Fortunately, we can avoid further embarrassment by seeing one another as God’s representatives, so that we generate a love that will enable us to be humbly patient with one another, just as God patiently expresses his love for us.

Lord Jesus, empower me by your unifying Spirit to imitate you so that love characterizes my life.

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