Posts tagged ‘Renewal of mind’

Bearing with one another in love

[Ephesians 4:1-2] “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love”.

As I was reading and reflecting on this word, my eyes fell on the last bit and remained on it. “Bearing with one another in love” and then in contemplation, I thought about what this really meant to me.  When looking up for the word ‘bearing’ in Greek “anechomenoi” comes from the root word “anechomai” which literally means ‘put up with’.  I began to recall when I’d put up with people and their acts. There were some instances where I got really annoyed and other instances where I felt cheated even for putting up with their behavior. But there have also been many instances of glory when I’d done that and was thankful to God for the wisdom of that moment.

Then I began thinking about how people may have put up with my behavior and actions. Things seem a lot different when we exchange our positions and now suddenly I felt a lot more compassion for the people whom I’ve had to deal with. I realized that patience is the key to bear with one another in love and guess what patience is one of the fruits of the spirit [Galatians 5:22]. Now I could complain that I am not a patient person and it’ll take me some time until I get to the place where I can bear with people or I could just believe God’s word that because the Holy Spirit dwells in me and patience is a character of the Holy Spirit, therefore I have patience within me waiting to be exercised.

This word of God changed (renewed) my mind and I found that whenever the opportunity presented itself, I could remind myself that I have patience within me and therefore I can bear with others and have compassion for them. Love is the essence here, without love even my bearing with them is pointless. Love helps us to deal with grace and makes us gracious which is the nature of God. If God didn’t deal with us graciously where would we end up? [Colossians 3:12:-14] says “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection”

I’m not saying it’s easy doing this, but when was obeying God’s word easy for the flesh? So get back to walking in the spirit (as opposed to walking in the flesh where we will find nothing good dwelling there – Romans 7:18) and then only will it be possible to achieve this.

Finally, I leave you with [2 Timothy 2:24-26] “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

Some of my favorite verses – 2

Here are more verses in tag cloud art…

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Some of my favorite verses – 1

These are some of my favorite verses in Tag Cloud Art. I think they are pretty obvious but see if you can identify them. More to come….

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What’s your Choice?

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If you had to choose one, would you rather prefer ‘time at the beach’ or ‘a trek up the mountains’? Do you like ‘hot weather’ or ‘cold’? Would you rather read a book first or watch its movie first? These questions force us to think of the choices we have and upon reflecting we realize how different we are from one another in our thoughts and emotions. Read more…

Dealing with ‘Self’

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If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.[Luke 14:26] Read more…

Renewing of the Mind

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“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” [Romans 7:19 – NIV]

Have you been in the situation that Apostle Paul is describing? I have. An innumerable number of times. So much so that before I had a revelation of God’s Word on this, I was so frustrated that I wanted to give up with the resignation that there are some people who just have it in them to be pleasing to God, but I was surely not one of them. The more I tried the more I failed and I knew how hopeless I became.

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The Spirit (Part 8)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. God is one but because He is Spirit, He is manifested in three forms, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We saw why Jesus became flesh and came into this world, died and rose again. Nearly 800 years before Christ, the prophet Joel prophesied that God would send us His Holy Spirit [Joel 2:28-29].  Jesus was limited in the flesh and had to leave the world, so that this promise could be fulfilled [John 16:7]. Jesus himself said to His disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit would come upon them [Acts 1:8] and this gift was not meant only for the disciples but for all of us who believe in Jesus [John 7:39].

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Knowing God; believing god; being loved by god

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"So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

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