Mustard Seed: Being humble, gentle and patient in love

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Mustard Seeds

There are things in this life that can hurt a person down to the depths of their soul.

And, there are things that can happen to make you feel like you live at the top of a mountain and nothing could ever go wrong!

What do you do….when that hurt cuts so incredibly deep that just the mention of a name brings fear, sorrow, or other emotions….that stir up your heart in ways…that make you question any forgiveness you thought you may have given that person.

What about that mountain top you found….the elated emotions you experienced?  What about those…do they wipe away every fear, every concern…answer your life’s problems and help you help others?

It’s so easy to become entangled in emotions.  They are not ‘bad’…what we do with them can be ‘bad’…but, in and of themselves, they can truly increase the beauty of our journey.

But, I digress…what do you do?  How do you handle those hurts and victories?  Do you share it?  Do you shout it from the roof tops?

All of these situations…..can cause a person to truly double think the way they share their lives with others.  Sharing with close friends, mentors…I so believe is part of a process we all need to grow and be accountable…in the good and the bad.

Paul gives us good advice in Ephesians…..

 

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4: 2-3

So, yes, ‘bear with one another in love’…..but, be gentle and humble.  If you know someone has talked about you to another person…don’t pull the other person in or add to it.  If they come to you….then humbly share your heart…in a gentle way…loving the offender deeply.  If you have experienced a great victory in this life…remember, it may be short-lived…it may be the victory another has been praying for….and be gentle, humble…and show praise to the one who allowed either of those circumstances to come into your life.

Me….I’m sharing this because both are near and dear to my heart right now.  Each day…can be filled with both…hurt, failure and success….and I need this as a reminder….and am thankful to Paul for writing it so well!  I am thankful, most of all for my Heavenly Father…who guides us, grows us and desires a relationship with us!!!

This life is a journey…an opportunity to lift one another up….let’s do that together!

What verses are you meditating on or memorizing this week?????

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the post, was on the right time…sometimes it is so hard to love the ones that hurt you, but God loves me when I have hurt him, and still loves me. Why can’t I extend that same Grace..by only God’s grace…thank you again for the post.

  2. Seems like there are a lot of highs and lows in our life of faith…these things all serve to draw us closer to God. When it’s hard, we learn to trust and when it’s good, we learn to praise! I hadn’t thought about our Ephesians verses this way, thank you for sharing something insightful as always :)

  3. I posted something very similar on facebook the other day about this part of our readings. I think we have to remember to stand in unity with one another because tearing down one member of the body of Christ can cause problems for the whole. Great points. Thanks for posting.

  4. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    “with the same measure that Christ gave” – Christ gave His life- so I guess we can swallow some hurt feelings and some pride to love others. I’ve been hurt deeply by Christians throughout my life – but at an early age God showed me I had a choice – to allow that hurt to change who I knew God had called me to be – or to stay true to what He was growing in my heart. I honestly try to lay it out there – to bare myself in order to reach others with His love – and sometimes it hurts. This is not because I am a “good” person – I’m not – but He loves me anyway & I’ve simply accepted that and want everyone else to have that freedom and love! You know what I love most about this study? Reading the posts of friends with true hearts – seeing where God has taken them – what He is showing them in the very same verses. I love your post – it’s a bit deeper than mine & specific about how to apply God’s love in real life. love you sister!

  5. This is a wonderful post!!! I have been mulling over posting about some “hurts” that have become over whelming in my life lately (thinking about writing about it but in a general sense). You always make me think about my view on life – Thank You!

  6. I am really loving this study on Ephesians, too! Chapter 4 really starts out with a “mission statement” for how to flesh out our walks with Christ. So challenging! Thanks for sharing. I was encouraged. :)

  7. Patience …. sigh. There’s an area I’ve struggled with for-ev-er. This morning ended with me in tears, after I’d finished a yelling match with my 5 year old. Obviously, I’m needing more time on my knees in prayer.

    Much love to you, Rebecca — thank you for your gentle reminders.

  8. I have lots of love, but the patience, humility, and gentleness are sometimes lacking. Thank you for sharing that beautiful verse from your studies. It was a timely word for me!

  9. HAh! We are learning and memorizing those exact verses this week! We’re learning all the ones similar in the letters, started with Colossians and working our way backward sort of :D

    Oh gentleness has been absent in my words lately…read in Ephesians this morning: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
    (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)

    I’ve stunk at that lately, especially toward my children! Praying for a better attitude and words seasoned with love and grace.

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