We’ve heard before that our generation has a culture of complaint. Rather than looking to honor one another and approach our differences with understanding, it is acceptable to compare, compete, and put each other down. This week David Blackwell brought forth a challenge; choose to go low in humility, and look up to others with honor and celebration. In this way we put Jesus on display.
The Moravians had a phase they came to live by:
“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.”
- Are there friendships or relationships that you’ve allowed to grow cold because of differences that are non-essential (opinions, preferences, personality traits)? Take time to invite the Holy Spirit to give you new eyes to see the gift of God displayed through that person. You may need to repent for holding bitterness, judging, or acting in pride. Begin to bless the differences allowing them to become a place of celebration rather than division.
- Spend time reflecting on Ephesians 4:1-3.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
- How have you matured in gentleness, patience, and tolerance over the course of your walk with God? Are their ways the Lord is continuing to call you into humility? Write down your response and share it with someone close to you.
Abba, we continue to lay our lives before you that you would transform us into your image more each day. May the world see your Son brilliantly displayed as we love one another well.