Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ephesians 4: 3-1

Sometimes it can be hard to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  

It takes a lot of humility and gentleness.  

Just when you want to lash out, you have to show forbearance in love. 

But that is what it takes to walk in a manner of the calling with which we have been called.

- slightly paraphrased application of Ephesians 4: 1-3, backwards.

I appreciate all my friends and family who show forbearance to me, who treat me with humility and gentleness.

Earthgirl has a little friend who is struggling with this, as children will. Actually, she is not struggling - she is being humble and gentle; she is showing forbearance in love toward a third friend who is not always sweet to her.  (note: Earthgirl has no trouble with either of these girls)  As adults looking on, we want to say, "Stand up for you!  Write her off!"  But I think she is choosing the better way.  I'm praying for them, that this sweet girl will have a sweet impact on her friend, and on us all.

These are NOT the girls mentioned.


Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Children can be so cruel, so hurtful, but while it isn't pleasant, I really think it is a part of growing up. Hopefully the little one will be able to let God shape her with a strength of character that will shine despite her childhood challenges.

randi---i have to say said...

sometimes people can be the hardest thing about the christian life. i have some friends who are entangled in a situation right now and it is sad to see the division happening. i am praying that it works out well and without more heartache.

how sweet to see your girl doing the right thing!

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