Second in a series of studies in Ephesians 4
“With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
Having instructed the Ephesians to walk worthy of the calling of Christ, Paul here provides instruction about how they can accomplish this goal: by being lowly, gentle, and longsuffering as well as bearing with one another in love.
Lowliness inherently implies humility while gentleness describes one who is not easily provoked and one who doesn’t go around provoking other people. If a person is longsuffering, he is patient in bearing injuries from others and doesn’t seek revenge.
Bearing with one another in love doesn’t mean we tolerate sin, but it does mean we bear hurts out of a principle of love.
Paul teaches that without these attributes, we have no basis for unity. These attributes rather envelope each other—each overlaps with the other, forming a basis for unity and peace. Without them, pride and passion take over; and we can have no unity.