Forbearance is not a question of maintaining a façade of courtesy while inwardly seething with resentment but is a Spirit empowered positive love to those who irritate, disturb, or embarrass you! With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; with all humility and gentleness, with patience, putting up with one another in love. "The first beginnings of unchastity" [GROTIUS]. 26. Richards - "This (section) is perhaps Scripture’s clearest portrait of the “humility” called for in the Gospel. As they confessed their hostility and bitterness to God and yielded to His control, the Holy Spirit created a spirit of unity among them. In each instance, there is power for a wind can become a storm, too much medicine can kill and a horse can break loose. A short time later a tall gentleman came by and asked. Humility always had a negative connotation in the ancient world which considered this Christian virtue to be groveling or abject and thus a trait to be held in considerable contempt. James clearly identifies why there is loss of peace. Wherever that blessed Spirit dwells as a Sanctifier, he is the earnest of all the joys and glories of that redemption day; and we should be undone, should God take away his Holy Spirit from us. One congregation began singing the old hymn, "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" We were made with differences, including the different ways male and females approach life. They all believed the same as to the great truths of religion; they had all been admitted into the church by one baptism, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as the sign of regeneration. It does not necessarily include lasciviousness; but it means intemperate, reckless readiness for it, and for every self-indulgence. "Righteousness" is in relation to our fellow men, the second table of the law; "Holiness," in relation to God, the first table; the religious observance of offices of piety (compare Luke 1:75 ). It is the mind-set of the person who is not conceited but who has a right attitude toward himself. Instead of privileged classes, as the Jews under the law, a unity of dispensation was henceforth to be the common privilege of Jew and Gentile alike. is not characterized by these things, then we need to change our approach to life or our problems will only worsen. We come together when we come to the Word of God. Ephesians 4:2 (NKJV) Young's Marriage and family were to function as a unity. He not only reminds us of this calling but entreats us to live according to this vision of what God has given to us. Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty As "lowliness and meekness" answer to "forbearing one another in love" (compare "love," Ephesians 4:15 Ephesians 4:16 ), so "long-suffering" answers to ( Ephesians 4:4 ) "endeavoring (Greek, 'earnestly' or 'zealously giving diligence') to keep (maintain) the unity of the Spirit (the unity between men of different tempers, which flows from the presence of the Spirit, who is Himself 'one,' Ephesians 4:4 ) in (united in) the bond of peace" (the "bond" by which "peace" is maintained, namely, "love," Colossians 3:14 Colossians 3:15 [BENGEL]; or, "peace" itself is the "bond" meant, uniting the members of the Church [ALFORD]). I have been troubled for a long time on what Paul means by 'preserve the unity of the Spirit.' Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. A sinner forgiven must have a forgiving attitude. Division, isolation, offensive words and unforgiving attitudes quickly develop. stature, &c.--The standard of spiritual "stature" is "the fulness of Christ," that is, which Christ has ( Ephesians 1:23 , 3:19 ; compare Galatians 4:19 ); that the body should be worthy of the Head, the perfect Christ. But the longer he preached, the more conscious everyone was that “the Lord was not in the wind.” He finished his message quickly and came down from the pulpit with his head bowed, his pride now gone. Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. Understand the meaning of Ephesians 4:2 using all available Bible versions and commentary. With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; With all gentle and quiet behaviour, taking whatever comes, putting up with one another in love; with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love; With all lowliness - It is by acting as the apostle here directs that a man walks worthy of this high vocation; ταπεινοφροσυνη signifies subjection or humility of mind.Meekness - The opposite to anger and irritability of disposition.Long-suffering - Μακροθυμια· Long-mindedness - never permitting a trial or provocation to get to the end of your patience.Forbearing one another - Ανεχομενοι αλληλων· Sustaining one another - helping to support each other in all the miseries and trials of life: or, if the word be taken in the sense of bearing with each other, it may mean that, through the love of God working in our hearts, we should bear with each other's infirmities, ignorance, etc., knowing how much others have been or are still obliged to bear with us.