Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:2 NLT)
This list reminds me of another list that Paul wrote to a group of Christians in Galatia: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22, 23 NLT)
First step towards walking worthy is take inventory on your maturity level. Where are you weak and where are you strong? If you’re really brave ask someone close to you to rate you on the fruit of the Spirit.
Second step towards walking worthy is live at peace with others.
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:3 NLT)
This doesn’t mean you become a wall flower or a door mat, but you do what you can do, through the fruit of the Spirit, to be at peace with others. Spiritual unity is at the very heart of the Christian faith and the life of Christ’s church.
Third step towards walking worthy is build others up.
However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ…Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:7, 12 NLT)
Sometimes I think we underestimate the power to help others by our giftings. Paul is saying that we are gifts from God to others. God sends people into our lives and He sends us into other people’s lives to equip. That word equip simply means to mend and to restore. He sees brokenness and so He sends you and me to help heal.
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13 NLT)
We keep doing this until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of Christ and become mature. Maturity is important because it’s in our maturity that the fullness of Christ is evident. It’s maturity that adds weight to our lives.
Every time you use your gifts to serve someone else, you increase the presence of Christ in that relationship and every time you tear someone else down you decrease the presence of Christ, the fullness of Christ, in that relationship.
Question: What areas of your life are not as mature as you would want them to be? What ways could you add weight to your life by serving someone else?