The Verse of the Day for January 30, 2016 comes from Ephesians 4:2 in the New Living Translation:
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Once again, the Amplified Bible offers a more expansive rendering of Ephesians 4:2:
Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.
This verse offers another reminder to live in humility and meekness with patience whereby we endure or bear up under, and “put up with,” making allowances for one another because we love one another. Patience is the golden strand woven throughout the gnarled threads that comprise the tapestries of our lives. As believers we are exhorted to wait patiently for the return of Christ who is our blessed hope. We are encouraged, not only to wait for him but to wait on him, as we serve one another in love.
Because we love one another, we are reminded of how we should behave. 1 Corinthians 13 provides quintessential definition of love and shows us what love looks like:
I Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Peter 4:8 in the Amplified Bible offers this reminder as to why we should love:
Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].
1 John also discusses the love of God in more detail, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:
1 John 4:7-11 (NLT):
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
Throughout the New Testament believers are exhorted to love one another, which we recognize as the will of God for our lives. Hebrews 10:36 in the Amplified Bible encourages us to have patience:
For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
We close our blog entry with Kathy Traccolli, who offers yet another reminder to “love one another”: