As I have been dwelling on the first three verses in Ephesians 4, the Lord has shown me some areas that I have not been walking worthy in meekness and lowliness... And without long suffering or forbearing.
Ephesians 4:1-3 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Remember my list of my "callings" based on Titus 2:3-5?
Maturity (Spiritual Growth)
Making a Home
Mentorship (Evangelism and Discipleship)
Every relationship I have falls into at least one of these catagories. As I examine each relationship and each calling, do I administer these callings with the lowliness and meekness, longsuffering (endurance) and forbearance (patience) that verse 2 commands? Am I endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace?
Maturity... do I humble myself and listen to those who are trying to help me grow spiritually? Do I judge them quickly when they make a mistake? Or am I convinced I know better than them? Do I have a humble, teachable spirit?
Marriage... Do I willingly submit to my husband's authority? Am I forgiving and patient with him?
HERE IS THE ONE I STRUGGLE WITH!!!
Motherhood... Do I lord over my children because I am their boss and I have a right to command and demand obedience? Or do I weild my authority with meekness and lowliness? Am I overbearing, or am I gentle in my authority? Is my goal to be in control of them, or is my goal to guide them into glorifying God?
Making a Home... Am I thoughtful about the needs and desires of others as I prepare the home? Or is it about myself, my likes, my desires?
Mentorship... To those I teach, do I come across as a know-it-all, or am I compassionate and meek? Does my pride exalt me as better than them because "I am more spiritually advanced?"
As I really dwell on these, I realize that I definitely have fallen short in many areas. I want to learn to be a humble, meek, and patient student, wife, mother, homemaker, and teacher.