by J. R. Miller (1840 – 1912)
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
We should train ourselves to such regard, to such respect for others, that we shall never hurt the heart of one of God’s creatures, even by a disdainful look! Our love ought also to be patient. Our neighbor may have his faults. But we are taught to bear with one another’s infirmities. If we knew the story of men’s lives, the hidden loads and burdens which they are often carrying, the unhealed sore in their heart—we would have most gentle patience with them. Life is hard for most people; certainly hard enough without our adding to its burdens by our censoriousness, our uncharity, our jeering and contempt. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
That is so challenging. Good to think about…to bear in mind always. But SO challenging!!!
Oh, this is so true. Loss of loved ones, broken families, dashed hopes–so many of us carry some pain in our hearts. It’s always best to be a channel of God’s love to others, to be a blessing, to be kind.
Love it! I wish I understood this before I was twenty-five, and I also wish I always lived this truth. Thanks for the encouraging post.