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.